Japanese bronze group of Shinto festival performers wearing eboshi hats, the details finely worked on grounds of rich brown patination and robes decorated with gilt mon motifs. One is holding a gohei zig zag paper banner used to purify and bless the temple while the other is holding a invocation script scroll, signed in a rectangular gilt reserve Miyao zō 宮尾造 the wood lacquered base with stylised ho-o and foliate scrolls, Meiji period (1868-1912).
Size of the bronze group without wood base: H 25cm (9.84" in.) x W 21cm (8.26" in.)
The Miyao Company founded by Miyao Eisuke 宮尾栄助 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.
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