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A Japanese Bronze of a Tanuki
A Japanese Bronze of a Tanuki - Asian Works of Art Style A Japanese Bronze of a Tanuki - A Japanese Bronze of a Tanuki -
Ref : 94965
1 900 €
Period :
19th century
Provenance :
Japan
Medium :
Bronze
Dimensions :
H. 2.17 inch
Asian Works of Art  - A Japanese Bronze of a Tanuki 19th century - A Japanese Bronze of a Tanuki  - A Japanese Bronze of a Tanuki
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A Japanese Bronze of a Tanuki

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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