Antique Japanese bronze okimono, animated in a recumbent pose. The tanuki clothed in Buddhist monk robes, curled and withdrawn for rest. A strand of prayer beads is visible out from underneath his crossed front legs.
The sculpture is skillfully cast with a bronze dark russet patina, essentiated by the chasing of the hair and the smooth surface of the folds. The artist has also rendered in detail of the tanuki’s paws, which is the underside of the sculpture signed “Yoshiyama”.
Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 5 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ x 2″ Height