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As part of our Japanese works of art collection we are delighted to offer this most amusing high quality Meiji period 1868-1912 , circa 1910, mixed metal okimono by a leading metalworker of the Meiji Taisho period Oshima Joun 1858-1940, the figure sculpted in the form of Gamma Sennin (Kosensei) striding over rocks with a three legged frog in his raised left-hand and another frog in a bag in his right hand, the Sennin himself formed of a solid shibuichi alloy, further decorated with a gold gourd and smoking set tied to his waist with his Obi ( gold sash ), the three legged frogs and bag are made of cast silver, the frogs’ eyes picked out in gold and shakudo, artist signed on the back of the rock with a chiseled signature by Oshima Joun, art name of Oshima Yasutaro, 1858 – 1940 , an incredibly well drawn, fascinating and humorous study by a leading metalworker of the period , a great addition to your Japanese works of art collection .

Provenance :

UK Collection

2020 Vision of an enlightened ruler – plate 19

Literature :

Oshima Joun was a professor at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts from 1887 until 1932 where he was famed for his great skill in bronze casting, born into a family of metalworkers Joun joined the family business in 1877 and adopted the art name Joun that year, by 1879 he had built up the business to the point that he had 11 craftsmen working in his Tokyo studio, many of the wares being sold at high quality retail outlets or by commissioning agents .

He exhibited at the 2nd national industrial exposition in 1881, as well as the Paris Exposition in 1900 and the London Japan-British Exposition in 1910.

Condition report :

Fine condition throughout .

Approximate sizes :

Height : 11″    28 cm

Width :  11.5″ 29 cm

Depth :  7.0″   18 cm

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