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Stone Tanuki Japanese Raccoon Dog Granite Edo 17 c.

Stone Tanuki Japanese Raccoon Dog Granite Edo 17 c.

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Sculpture: Pre 1700: Item # 1337715

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Tanuki (Japanese raccoon dog) sculpted from a salmon-hued granite. Early-Edo Period ca. 1650, possibly earlier. Very minor old loss. Light lichen accumulation.

Height: 46 cm
Width: 40 cm
Depth: 35 cm.

Tanuki depictions typically are characterized by a daunting display of testicular fortitude, assuming, that is, the beast in question is no older than mid-Edo Period ca. 1700. In the case of earlier examples, tanuki typically show very little or, as in the present example, nothing at all gonad-wise.

So, while this piece at a glance might seem to be a Ms. Tanuki, it is in fact simply a very old Tanuki. Highly collectible.