Japanese bronze Tanuki signed Hideaki Meiji period

Japanese bronze Tanuki signed Hideaki Meiji period

Code: 10080


W: 16cm (6.3")H: 6cm (2.4")D: 14cm (5.5")


Japanese bronze Tanuki with its head resting on its front crossed paws, the eyes inlaid in shakudo and gilt and body with a brown patination, signed with chiselled characters under the base Hideaki saku 秀明作 (made by Hideaki), and tomobako wood storage box, 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.

For a similar bronze model by Oshima Joun see 'Japanese Works of Art catalogue' M. Fairley 2016, no. 7.

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