The tanuki, translated as badger, is closer to our raccoon. In this case, he is sitting on his behind, his coat finely chiseled and his face very expressive, with his paws resting on his big belly.
The bronze has a black patina and the belly is silvered.
In Japanese legends, the tanuki is credited with supernatural and even magical powers because it can metamorphose and change shape, hence the swollen belly, ready to burst, in the shape of a drum that sounds like a temple gong (see Ko-ji Ho-Ten). Tanuki no hara tuzumi (Belly drumming raccoon dog).
Signed: Kitagawa Hokusen (1846-1922)
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