Japanese bronze crow naturalistically modelled with its wings folded and head lowered perched on a gnarled tree trunk. The featherwork finely carved and the eyes inlaid in glass with details worked in shakudo and gilt, 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' by Laura Bordignon, ACC Woodbridge 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.
Size without base H 8 cm x W 15 cm (H 3.25" x W 6”)
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