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Japanese silvered bronze Tanuki wrapped in a cloak and leaning over a mokugyo, signed in a plaque Dai Nihon Gyoko saku 大日本暁光作 (made by Gyoko, Great Japan), with a contemporary lacquer base, Meiji Period.

The Tanuki 狸 (Japanese raccoon dog) is a legendary animal with magical powers capable of shape shifting into human form or into objects, mischievous in nature its long tail is used to wrap itself into a bundle and hide, or to baffle its enemies.

The artist Akasofu Gyoko 赤祖父暁光 (given name Sotojiro)produced from his workshop in Tokyo cast metalwork sculptures and was a member of the Tokyo Cast Metalworkers' Association (Tokyo Chokinkay) active during the Meiji Era.

Dimensions

H 18.5 cm x W 33.5 cm x D 24 cm

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