UNUSUALLY LARGE BRONZE OKIMONO OF A TIGER
Japanese, Late Meiji Period: 1868-1912
Seated, the upper body turned to the side, head raised, snarling mouth open revealing a red tinted tongue; silver and gold inlaid wire whiskers and shakudo and gold inlaid eyes.
signed Kiritsu Kosho Kaisho Co. / Dai Nihon Kako tsukuru
Height: 13 inches (33 cm)
Length: 15 inches (38 cm)
Weight: 68 pounds (30.8 kg)
Kevin Page Oriental Art, New Bond Street, London.
Said to be commissioned as a gift for the commander of the first Japanese-built battleship and displayed in his cabin quarters. (no written or pictorial verification)
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