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Antique Japanese Bronze Tanuki in Priest Robes

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Metalwork: Pre 1920: Item # 1339859

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A bronze Tanuki dressed in robes and holding a Nyoi (priest scepter) sits yelping into the air, as if surprised at being discovered for his true nature. Dating from the Meiji or possibly Taisho period, it is 10 x 8 x 9-1/2 inches (25 x 21 x 23 cm) and on the base has written in red “4th year” followed by a series of letters to which I have yet to discern a meaning. Likely Meiji 4 (1871).