Japanese silvered bronze egret with gilt details standing on one leg while perched on a rootwood stump, signed in a rectangular reserve plaque Masatsune chū 政常鋳, Meiji period 1868-1912.
The artist Masatsune 政常 was very accomplished in birds subjects.
For other bronze birds by this artist see: 'The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono, the Dr. Kanter Collection', Laura Bordignon 2010, Metalwork
'Meiji no Takara 明治の宝 Treasures of Imperial Japan, the D. Khalili Collection', Metalwork part II, no. 104-105.
Dimensions of the egret without rootwood base: H 33cm (13" in.) x W 27cm (10.5" in.).
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