堅田（滋賀県大津市）の写真 本堅田 伊豆神社37
「伊豆神社の狛犬 (左側で口を閉じている狛犬＝吽形（うんぎょう） ）」
An ungyō komainu.The left side of komainu statue pairs is generally called “ungyō”. Ungyō closes the mouth.
Komainu (狛犬・胡麻犬), often called lion-dogs in English, are statue pairs of lion-like creatures either guarding the entrance or the inner shrine of many Japanese Shinto shrines or kept inside the inner shrine itself, where they are not visible to the public. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komainu
The term A-un (阿吽) is the transliteration in Japanese of the syllable “aum” (or “om”).Written in Devanagari as ॐ, it is sacred to the Indian religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.The original Sanskrit term is composed of two letters, the first and the last of the Sanskrit alphabet.Together, they symbolically represent the beginning and the end of all things. In Japanese Mikkyō Buddhism,the letters represent the beginning and the end of the universe.The term is also used in Shinto and Buddhist architecture to describe the paired statues common in Japanese religious settings, most notably the Niō and the komainu.In most cases one of the two, the right one, has its mouth open to pronounce the sound “a”, while the other has it closed to utter the sound “um”. The symbolism is the same already seen. The generic name for statues with an open mouth is agyō (阿形, lit. “a” shape), that for those with a closed mouth ungyō (吽形, lit. “un” shape”).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A-un
Photograph of Honkatata,Otsu,Shiga,Japan Honkatata Izu shrine 37
2011.01.04 14：55：18″An ungyō komainu at Izu Shrine in Otsu, Shiga,Japan”