Japanese bronze vase with a lizard looking up at a small spider suspended from its web, its eyes inlaid in gold and shakudo, the details worked in silver, signed in a rectangular plaque Mitani sei 三谷製 (made by Mitani), Meiji period 1868-1912.
For another work by this artist see: Frederick Baekeland 'Imperial Japan, the art of the Meiji era, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York 1980.
Catalogue no. 106: a bronze work of an eagle perched on a stump by the same artist Mitani.
Also see: 'The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono, the Dr. Kanter Collection' by Laura Bordignon, ACC Woodbridge 2010, Metalwork pg. 244.
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