Japanese bronze crow naturalistically cast perched on a tree trunk with inlaid glass eyes, signed in an oval reserve Mitani 美谷, Meiji period 1868-1912.
For bronze works by the same artist see: 'The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono, the Dr. Kanter Collection', Laura Bordignon 2010, Metalwork no. 244, 245, 246.
Mitani, Frederick Baekeland 'Imperial Japan, the art of the Meiji Era', Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York 1980. Catalogue no. 106.
In Japanese mythology crows are thought to be gifted with supernatural powers and are also messengers of the gods.
Height of bird without base H 8 cm x W 15 cm (H 3.25" x W 6”)
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