A pair of slightly abstracted foxes, sitting at their haunches, tails curled wound their feet, their heads turned upwards, as they are gazing at the moon. Patinated bronze. Each of them engraved on the bottom ‘Kozan’ in archaic script. Brown patinated bronze with roughened surface. Japan, mid 20th century.
Comes with tomobako, the cover inscribed on the outside tsuki miru kitsune (foxes looking at the moon) and stamped seido sei (made of bronze); the cover signed and sealed on the inside Kozan saku, Kozan.
Height 10 and 10 1/8 inches (25.2 and 25.8 cm).
A few tiny dents at the bottom edge of one of the foxes, otherwise excellent condition.
The signature Kozan belongs to the artist Sakai Kozan, who was active in Takaoka during the Showa period, mid to late 20th century. The Sakai bronze manufacture is still active today.