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Japanese silvered Tanuki in the guise of a Buddhist priest, wrapped in a cloak and leaning over a mokugyo a percussion instrument used in temples to keep time for chanting, on a black lacquer base, signed Dai Nihon Gyoko saku 大日本暁光作 (made by Gyoko, Great Japan), Meiji Period.

The Tanuki 狸 (Japanese raccoon dog) often features in Japanese tales. The legendary animal has a mischievous nature and magical powers making it capable of shape shifting into human form or into objects. The Tanuki has a long tail, which it uses 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) lived in Tokyo producing from his workshop cast metalwork
sculptures and was a member of the Tokyo Cast Metalworkers' Association (Tokyo Chokinkay) active in the second half of the Meiji Era.


H 18.5cm x W 33.5cm x D 24cm