A Bronze and Mixed Metal Okimono of a Kumataka Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis orientalis). Naturalistically cast as a raptor perched with one leg on an ancient pine tree, the feathers finely detailed with shibuichi (60% copper, 40% silver), a mottled silvery gray replicating the feather colouration found in nature further detailed by inlays of shakudo (copper, 5% gold) for the black markings, further details of gold cartilage and shakudo beak and claws, finely detailed eyes applied in glass. The bird is cleverly pegged into the stump base, on the underside of the bird is the cartouche in relief “Kazan saku” The support form of an ancient pine wherein the detail features of branches, needles, cones and cicada are cast in bronze and the Japanese alloy Karakune (copper, tin and lead). On the backside of a lower root also marked in a relief cartouche “Kazan saku”
Condition: some minor karakune losses to the pine needles on the base, minor signs of scratches to the mixed metal surfaces, the most prominent being the left side of the beak, otherwise excellent condition.
22-1/4 inches high overall (56.5cm) x 11 in. wide x 9 in. deep.
Sealed Kazan saku, Meiji Period (late 19th century).
Provenance: Private German Collection
For Other Bird form Okimono by Kazan see:
Sotheby’s London, Japanese Works of Art 17 & 19 June 1987, pp.148 &149, lot#532 with reference to “Illustrated in Arts and Crafts of Japan and China, Yamanaka & Co. London 1910.
Bonhams London, Fine Japanese Art including two masterpieces by Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959), lot 516 A gilt-bronze and silver okimono of a cockatoo.
Christie’s Online Innovative Japanese Design: Art of the Meiji Period 4 - 18 November 2015, lot 41 A patinated bronze model of a crow.