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Elder Man Bronze. Meiji period.

SKU: Bronze Edler Man $1,095.00
Meiji period Bronze of an elder man with a hammer and chisel rendered in exquisite detail. He is wearing the clothes of a craftsman which are detailed in relief. His head is shaved and hair worn in a top knot. He has a big smile on his animated face. Measures: 29cm. high x 13cm. wide at base x 10cm. deep. Excellent craftsmanship. In bronze and other metals the Japanese have no parallel in the quality of their workmanship. In artistic treatment of metals of small groups and natural objects such as are depicted in their woodcuts they have attained extraordinary excellence: and in nearly every discipline in casting engraving chasing inlaying and damascening they have no equal In bronze casting and moulding they are masters. They are equally capable of colossal and minute work. Their marvellous delicacy of touch and execution is more remarkable because in the fashion of their tools as in their smelting and refining processes everything is of the most traditional kind. Their ovens furnaces etc. are simple: yet judging by the work they have a perfect command of their materials from the ironstone to the steel of their sword-blades. The Japanese simply produce the best Bronze work in the world. The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were the most fruitful epoch for the production of small bronze objects whose chief raison d'Atre is ornament such as clasps paper-weights small figures of animals mouthpieces for pipes and vases intended for dwelling-rooms not for Buddhist altars as in earlier days. Damascening or inlaying on metal has been carried to great perfection notably of late years when designs in various metals and alloys on a basis of bronze or iron have been made to reproduce whole landscapes with the minuteness of a painting.