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Vintage Japanese Bronze Okimono
Howling Tiger
Crystal Eyes

Origin: Japan. Circa: Showa, early to mid 1900s'
H 10.5 in.(41cm), W 26 in.(17cm), D 7in.(10cm)
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Condition : excellent! Weight: 23 lbs.

 


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In the tradition of the sculptural works of the Meiji era, this Showa period large howling tiger exemplifies the superb style of Japanese realism. It is anatomically accurate and rendered with uncompromising casting technique, muscles flexed, and the body extended in readiness to attack, with outstretched limbs showing huge paws, jaws agape, tongue curled back, ears flattened and fangs exposed. The head is exquisitely finished with the piercing gaze of inset pale glass (or crystal) eyes. The long tail is held out, flicking excitedly at the tip. Gilded in copper red, the tiger’s stripes are the original polished surface of the bronze, while the spaces between the stripes are matte. To achieve this pattern, the whole piece was first polished., then resist was applied to the polished surface and a corrosive acid etching process was applied in the matte areas. On closer observation, details of the fur have been rendered even on the underside. The careful rendering of surface especially around the head and the wrinkled muzzle accentuates the animal’s ferocity.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 
  



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