These two famous statues are a reproduction of two famous Japanese are antiques. They represent two Zuishin, traditional "bodyguards" for high rank dignitaries.statues are placed at the entrances of many Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples as huge gate guards. These wood sculptures are housed in gate buildings which are often magnificent and towering structures. The original ones, measuring more than 6 feet high, are made in wood and are to be found in the “Yomeimon Gate” at the Toshogu Shrine (city of Nikko, Japan), each one placed at one side of the entrance and as required, the older one on the right. They are seated on a tiger skin (Tiger is Chinese astrologic symbol of Iyeyasu, the enemy of Ieyasu Tokugawa: this meant, sitting over the defeated enemy). Their kimono is embroidered with the aoi flower, symbol of an antecessor of Ieyasu Tokugawa).