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Large Jizai Okimono of a Lobster


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Metalwork: Pre 1900: Item # 1220188

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An oversized & impressive bronze spiny lobster hand chiseled and sculpted naturalistically to resemble the actual crustacean. Carefully modeled, both the armor-like carapace and nether side are intensified by the positioning of each moveable body part, including the eyes. This jizai okimono is a notable exemplar of the genre. (Jizai okimono in Japanese translates to “move at will, decorative object”. According to Mr. Harada Kazutoshi of Tokyo National Museum, the original purpose for these articulated creatures is still unknown, the earliest example dating back to 1713 (Mid Edo Period). For reference see: Harada Kazutoshi, Jizai Okimono—Articulated Iron Figures of Animals, Maria Shobo Co., Ltd. Kyoto, January 2010.) This spiny lobster is in very good condition with no loss or damage. Length: (body) 13”, (with antennae) 24.5” Meiji Period, Japan