Japanese bronze dancing boy with a drum wearing a festival headdress decorated with a bat, he holds a drum in his hand, the gilt details finely worked on grounds of rich brown patination, signed on a rectangular gilt plaque Miyao 宮尾, the wood lacquered base with ho-o and foliate scrolls, Meiji period (1868-1912).
The Miyao Company founded by Miyao Eisuke had premises in both Tokyo and Yokohama, produced fine bronzes with a rich brown patina and gilded details. The Company exhibited at the National Industrial Exposition (Naikoku Kangyo Hakurankai) in 1881.
Reference: 'The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono, The Dr. Kanter Collection' by Laura Bordignon, ACC Woodbridge 2010, Metalwork no. 241, 258, 260, 262, 264, 266.
Also see: 'Meiji no Takara 明治の宝 Treasures of Imperial Japan, the Nasser D.Khalili Collection', Metalwork Part II, no. 108.
Size without wood base H 21.5 cm (8.46" in.)
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