Japanese bronze tiger drinking at the water's edge with a cub beside her, signed in a rectangular reserve Seiya saku 誠谷作 (made by Seiya), on a carved wood base Meiji period 1868-1912.
Dimensions of the wood base H 3cm (1.18" in.) x W 49cm (19.29" in.) x D 25cm (9.84" in.)
The Genryusai Seiya 源龍斎誠谷 workshop produced exotic animals, figures and ornamental objects during the Meiji era.
Tigers were a popular theme, symbolic of strenght and courage.
Reference: 'Japanese Metalwork of the Meiji Period (1868-1912)', B. Davies catalogue 1989, nos.3, 5, 33.
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