Japanese Bronze Figural Study
On River Rock
Attributed to Okazaki Sessei
Circa: 1854-1921, Meiji Period
in.(42cm), W 12 in.(30cm), D 10 in.(25cm)
Sessei is a historically important artist from the Meiji period. He achieved a
preeminent artist status through the monumental bronze of Saigo Takamori at Ueno
Park, and the Kusanoki Masashige on Horse monument at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
His works are in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum.
in her skin, a young girl in repose above a jagged river rock, with her right
arm counters the lightly leaning torso, left arm rested above the adjacent knees,
one foot half submerged in the rippling water, her tilted head and wistful gaze
induce a placidity to the curves of her budding femininity. The simplicity and
natural beauty endowed in this nude bather caught the charms of a girl innocently
demure and yet to conscious of her simple beauty. There is a couple of small drilled
holes near the base; presumably the signature plate was removed for fastening
the statue for display purpose-- that ultimately resulted in our rare find of
an extraordinary Okazaki Sessei. Click
Here to see a similar bronze Bather at Bonhams...
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