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A Japanese multi metal Jizai Okimono of a Hawk & Snake.

This silvered bronze articulated hawk with gold, Shakudo and Shibuichi detailing is an incredibly unusual object. Showing a natural progression from the early beginnings of Jizai Okimono to the lavish techniques of the elite Meiji craftsmen, who won great acclaim at world international exhibitions.

The hawk’s neck is articulated and is constructed in a succession of incised and finely chiselled cylinders, each slightly smaller than the preceding one and pinned to the next to facilitate movement. Perched upon its rockwork base are applied leaves and foliage highlighted with gold detailing. Coiled around the base is a snake emerging from camouflage that is cleverly conceived in that it utilises both solidly cast sections and is in part articulated with a spring loaded tongue. Dating from the Meiji Period, it bears a silver signature plaque and is signed Suzuki Saku (forged by Suzuki).

Jizai Okimono are realistically sculpted animals that have articulated bodies with realistic movable limbs, originally produced by Myochin armour makers around the 1st half of the 18th century.

51cm tall.

Circa 1880, Meiji Period (1868-1912).

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