Japanese bronze Tanuki signed Hideaki Meiji period

Japanese bronze Tanuki signed Hideaki Meiji period

Code: 10079

Dimensions:

W: 18cm (7.1")H: 9cm (3.5")D: 11cm (4.3")

£5,500.00 Approx $7565.34, €6440.28

Japanese bronze Tanuki in the guise of a Buddhist priest, wrapped in a cloak and leaning over a mokugyo a percussion instrument used in temples to keep time for chanting, signed with chiselled characters under the base Hideaki saku 秀明作, Meiji Period 1868-1912.

The Tanuki 狸 (Japanese raccoon dog) often features in Japanese tales.
The legendary animal has a mischievous nature and magical powers making it capable of shape shifting into human form or into objects. The Tanuki has a long tail, which it uses to wrap itself into a bundle and hide, or to baffle its enemies.