Jizai, articulated lobster in bronze with red-brown patina. Japan, Meiji period (1868 and 1912), late 19th century.
The Jizai is a typical okimono of the Meiji era when Japan was leaving the feudal era. The tradition of the Samurai having disappeared, the best craftsmen turned to the manufacture of these articulated objects (crustaceans, insects) whose assemblies take up the same techniques as those of the assembly of an armor and require a great dexterity. This type of pieces is more or less fine, with more or less details and finesse. Ours is one of the highest levels of refinement.
Life size, our lobster is a masterpiece of the bronzer, it is represented in its natural state, antennae, legs, body and tail very finely articulated to the point of creating a curious sensation of being alive. When held in the hand, its own weight causes it to curl or unwind naturally around the hand as if it were alive, which creates a rather unsettling sensation.
Nice quality of patina and very fine chasing. This kind of curiosity is rare, ours is a high quality model in excellent condition
Length with extended antennas 39cm, body only 23cm