Japanese bronze cockatoo with silvered body and gilt crest perched on a gnarled trunk with one talon raised to its beak, the eyes and beak in shakudo, signed in an oval reserve Mitani sei 三谷製(made by Mitani), Meiji period 1868-1912.
For a similar bronze cockatoo by the same artist see: 'The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono, the Dr. Kanter Collection' by Laura Bordignon, ACC Woodbridge 2010, Metalwork pg. 244.
Also 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.
Dimensions of the cockatoo without bronze base:
H 14.5cm (5.70" in.) x W 6cm (2.36" in.)
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