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Japanese bronze owl with silvered body perched on a plum blossom tree with inlaid glass eyes, signed Mitani sei 三谷製, Meiji Period.

The owl is symbolic of luck and good fortune.

For a similar bronze owl by the same artist see: 'The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono, the Dr. Kanter Collection', Laura Bordignon 2010, Metalwork pg. 244.

Further reference see Frederick Baekeland 'Imperial Japan, the art of the Meiji era, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York 1980. Catalogue no. 106: a bronze work of an eagle perched on a stump by the same artist Mitani.

Dimensions of the owl without bronze base: H 13cm (5.11" in.) x W 6.5cm (2.55" in.)

Dimensions

H 20.5cm x W 11cm x D 9cm


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