Opened mouth is called A-gyo (pronounced ahh-gyō), means “the beginning”. Closed mouth is called Un-gyo, means “the end”.
The literal meaning is Chinese lion. Another name is Komainu. Komainu used to have a horn. Nowadays they are mixed and have no deference. And originally they were the same lion from Mesopotamia.
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