East Asia, Japan, Edo to Meiji period, ca. mid 19th to early 20th century CE. A bronze articulated model of a crab. Meticulously constructed of numerous hammered plates jointed inside the body to make for a flexible form, the crustacean's limbs and front claws move; surfaces are beautifully incised, some areas detailed in repousse, and the entire surface finished with a reddish-coppery patina. This piece is a fabulous example of jizai okimono or lifelike, articulated animal figures. Such pieces were first created during a peaceful period in the 17th century when the business of crafting samurai armor calmed down, and some metalsmiths turned their attention to realizing articulated sculptures like this example. Size: 3.5" L x 7.75" W (8.9 cm x 19.7 cm)
Provenance: private E.S. collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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