Japanese bronze eagle with silvered body
naturalistically modelled ready to take flight, perched on a gnarled stump, signed in a rectangular plaque Masatsune chu 政常鋳, Meiji Period.
The artist Masatsune 政常 was very accomplished in birds subjects. For other bronze birds by this artist see "The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono-The Dr. Kanter Collection" L. Bordignon 2010, Metalwork no. 248.
" Meiji no Takara明治の宝: Treasure of Imperial Japan-The D. Khalili Collection" Metalwork part II, no. 104-105.