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Japanese bronze flute player on a Big Rat/Cat/?? memebers,?

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Started quickly without text !! Sorry !!

dear members, I wanted to show this bronze statue / maybe an incense burner I just received.

 

Sadly some cracks and the ( what I think was ) the flute is missing

 

I think it's Japanese , maybe Meiji Era, with delicate goldening on the flute player

and interesting kind of red ans silver clouds ? and a Moon ? on the animal.

 

First I thought it was a bull or a big cat but now I have it, I think it's a big rat of some kind of fabulous animal ,

maybe a yokai ?

 

Does anybody know the ''signature'' on the statues and maybe what represent these characters ??

 

 

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Hello,

Thank you Pietro for your answer and links-pictures,

I totally agree with you for the general shape for the model of the ''statue'' and  the massive shape-body of the animal 

but here the statue has fingers on the paws ( 5 and 4 back ) and no hoofs, strange tail

and  more importantly, a head  ( without horns ) with pointed muzzle and with whiskers/moustache...

Seems like a rat/cat on steroîds !!:laughing::fit:

just a fantasy of the maker ??

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Pretty sure this is a slightly humorous 金太郎Kintaro, Pietro, showing his mastery over all of the animal kingdom (rolled into one?).

The 金 on his bib is the key to the character.

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OK, the overall composition so obviously recalled the “sixth stage” picture that I must admit I did not even bother to look at the details of the beast. And of course I bow to Piers’ superior knowledge... ;-)

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Could it then be just Kintaro and a bear mimicking the boy and ox of the classic iconography? I noticed that the Japanese depictions of bears are often quite weird...

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Thank you so much for your precious message !!

Bugyotsuji, thousand thanks  for the translation of the kanji leading to Kintaro !!

 

And yes, surely a bear,

find this one of Kintaro and his bear with the same face-expression

 

Kind regards !!!!

:thumbsup:

 

 

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Franco, this is not my area, but I think you are right, Meiji (or possibly later).

 

From his pose, though, the flute possibility remains.

 

 

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For some reason (no idea why) the pose and gap in his hands made me think of blowing a conch shell.

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