ANTIQUE JAPANESE SEIYA BRONZE FIGURE OF A CROUCHING TIGER
A Japanese bronze figure of a crouching tiger after a model by Nyozan Tsukuru, this howling tiger exemplifies the superb level of production of the Meiji period, it is anatomically accurate and rendered with uncompromising realism, the body extended, muscles fixed in readiness to attack, with outstretched limbs showing huge paws, toes splayed, jaw agape, tongue curled back, ears flattened and fangs exposed. The head is exquisitely finished with the piercing gaze of inset pale yellow eyes, the long tail is held out flickering excitedly at the tip, the tiger’s stripes are the original polished surface of the bronze, while the spaces between the stripes are matte, to achieve this pattern, the whole piece was first polished, then resist was applied to the polished surface and the matte areas created by applying a corrosive, the careful reduction of surface especially around the head accentuates the animals ferocity. Signed Dai Nihon Genryusai Seiya sei (Great Japan, Genryusai Seiya made).
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