Japanese bronze Tanuki signed Hideaki Meiji period

Japanese bronze Tanuki signed Hideaki Meiji period

Code: 10080

Dimensions:

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

£3,800.00 Approx $4738.15, €4475.85

Japanese bronze Tanuki with its head resting on its front crossed paws signed with chiselled characters under the base Hideaki saku 秀明作, with a 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 catalogue 2016.