Japanese bronze Tanuki in the guise of a Buddhist priest, wrapped in a cloak over a mokugyo instrument.

Signed with incised characters under the base Hideaki saku 秀明作.

Meiji Period.

The Tanuki 狸 (Japanese raccoon dog) is a legendary animal with magical powers capable of shape shifting into objects or human form.

Mischievous in nature, its long tail is used to wrap itself into a bundle and hide, or to baffle its enemies.


H 9 cm x W 18 cm x D11 cm