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Japanese Antique Silvered Bronze Quail Foraging Millet

Japanese Antique Silvered Bronze Quail Foraging Millet


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Metalwork: Pre 1920: Item # 1339685

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This fine looking okimono of a pair of silvered bronze quail foraging among leafy, bronze sprigs of millet represents a subject beloved both to the Chinese and to the Japanese. According to Merrily Baird in her informative book, "Symbols of Japan", quail became a popular theme in Sung dynasty painting and continued its popularity in decorative representations during Japan's Edo period. This excellent sculpture, of course, dates from the Meiji period. It portrays the birds in an autumnal setting with their feathers realistically rendered and their beaks and gold-ringed eyes of shakudo. Gold signature plaque, Hidemitsu. Height: 5", length: 7". Excellent condition