Two tigers
Two tigers
Two tigers
Japanese bronze, Meiji Era 1868-1912

Exceptional Japanese Meiji bronze sculpture of two tigers.

Kaniya Kuniharu was one of the foremost craftsmen in cast bronze of the Meiji Period. He had been taught by two particularly eminent artists, Takamura Koun (1852-1934) and Otake Norikuni (b.1852). Koun, a master of wood sculpture, had been appointed Professor of sculpture a the founding of the Tokyo Art School in 1889.

Kuniharu himself was one of the founding members of the Tokyo Chukin Kai (Tokyo Cast Metal Association) in 1907 together with Oshima Joun (1858-1940). He exhibited at both National and International exhibitions, including the Paris Exposition of 1900.
very good condition
Compare with the maker's other examples of fine quality bronze pieces illustrated by Joe Earle, “Splendors of Imperial Japan, Arts of the Meiji Period from the Khalili Collection”, pp.370 and 372, nos.263 and 264.
Bonhams sold a bronze of the same artist in 2009, see https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/16867/lot/280/
Dimensions
Height 25.00 cm (9.84 inches)
Width 50.00 cm (19.69 inches)
Stock Code
TFAV35X
Medium
Bronze
Signed/Inscribed
Signed Kaniya KUNIHARU saku かにや くにはる 作
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