Wooden and ivory okimono representing Tanuki Bozu

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Sculpture representing Tanuki Bozu, seating in front of a table between a lantern and a tea pot on a hibachi. He is holding a scepter and a rosary.

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Sculpture representing Tanuki Bozu, seating in front of a table between a lantern and a tea pot on a hibachi. He is holding a scepter and a rosary.
Ivory, tinted ivory, wood, mother of pearl, horn and coral. Archaic signature engraved on a red lacquer seal under the stand.

Tanuki is a variety of badger or raccoon dog. According to the legend, he is featured as the animal who does the most harm to harmless humanity with Kitsune the fox. He is endowed with surnatural magic powers, he can transform and take various forms such as Tanuki Bozu (Tanuki disguised as a priest).

Period
Meiji
Height
13,5 cm

Galerie Espace 4

9 rue Mazarine
75006 Paris – France
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