Japanese bronze man carrying an Okame festival mask, finely worked on grounds of rich brown patination with gilt details of flowers, scrolls and ho-o birds (mythical phoenix) the wood lacquered base with foliate scrolls, signed in rectangular gilt plaque Miyao Ei 宮尾栄助 (Miyao Eisuke), Meiji period (1868-1912).
Okame 阿亀 also known as Otafuku 阿多福 is a female characters with round cheeks and smiling expression, symbolic of much happiness, good fortune and mirth.
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 18 cm (7.08" in.)
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