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As part of our Japanese Works of art collection we are delighted to offer this quite remarkable and rare subject Meiji period 1868-1912 Bronze okimono of a Tanuki ( Japanese Racoon Dog ) in a tussle with a large Heron , although apparently unsigned this Meiji period Okimono is of exceptional quality and detail throughout, the finely chiselled  Tanuki has the Bird pinned to the ground with its wings flaying, however as you will see by the images this Bird is continuing to defend itself by attacking the Tanuki using its long razor sharp beak, the detailing of the feather work and in particular the claws is outstanding , similarly the carved coat of the Tanuki is as good as it gets for this type of larger Okimono group , with both creatures eyes further highlighted in gilt and shakudo detail for dramatic effect, the Bronze Okimono was acquired from a North European collection , we have chosen to sit this group upon a suitable Meiji period oval black lacquer stand for display purposes and included free in the sale price if desired .


As the Tanuki , the animal has been significant in Japanese folklore  since ancient times, The legendary Tanuki is reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shapeshifting  but somewhat gullible and absentminded. It is also a common theme in Japanese art, especially statuary.


Northern European collection

Condition report:

Lovely condition throughout with minor age related wear, old usage marks to the free stand .

Approximate Sizes : 

Height:    7.75″  19.5 cm  (inc stand)

Depth:     13 ”     33 cm        ”      ”

Width:    17″       43cm         ”       ”

Weight:  6.6 kg’s

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