MEIJI PERIOD BRONZE OKIMONO
Japan, circa 1880
Roaring Tiger over Carved Wooden Base
Patinated bronze | signed to underside of belly
Item # 302LOC16P
An exceedingly fine Japanese bronze okimono of a Roaring Tiger from the Meiji period, it exhibits the finest chiseling and articulating of detail. The sleek beast is cast in a way that follows a dramatic curvature along his body from his tail through his nose, the overall body detailed with high-polish stripes and a matte texture for the unstriped portions of his fur. The teeth and entire mouth are beautifully detailed and every aspect of the underside is carefully finished as well. Signed in relief to the belly.
Measurements: 8 5/8" H x 15 1/4" W x 5" D [with base]; 7" H x 3 3/8" D x 14 1/2" W [bronze only]
There is a curvature to the wooden base that causes one leg of the bronze not to sit flush. Original patina beautifully preserved throughout. Cleaned, waxed and a very fine presentation.