Samurai holding Incense Burner
Mark: “Miyao Zou” (= by Miyao)
The Japanese were highly skilled at combining metals to make different colours and inlaying these into iron or bronze. Late 19th-century craftsmen produced very fine work. Bronze working received a boast with the founding of the influential Tokyo School of Art in 1887. Sculptors belonging to the school produced some outstanding figures of high quality and decorativeness. Miyao Eisuke; the founder of Miyao Company of Yokohama was a prolific producer of medium to large-scale patinated and gilded bronze ornamental sculptures; especially in figures. These works often depicted characters from Japanese legend and mythology and appealed both to the Japanese market and to the Western market.
Decorative Art Sculpture
Bronze with gold, silver and copper gilding
Late 19th Century CE