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Collection

Izumisei Company

(Japan  – )

Title
Figure of kangaroo
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
Year
circa 1900
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
bronze
Dimensions

19.5 x 25.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed base, in Japanese, embossed "Izumi sei (illeg.)". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1983
Accession number
53.1983
Location
Not on display
Further information

Japanese metalsmiths developed exceptional skills creating bronze sculptures of creatures from the natural world. The ‘Figure of a kangaroo’, documents the production of Meiji metalwork for foreign markets and may have been inspired by Japan’s participation in the international exhibitions held in Sydney in 1879 and again in Melbourne in 1880.

Excerpt from James Bennett, ‘Metalware’ in James Bennett and Amy Reigle Newland (eds.), ‘The golden journey: Japanese art from Australian collections’, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2009, p. 271.
©Art Gallery of South Australia 2009. Reproduced by permission.

Bibliography (1)

Daniel McOwan, The golden journey: Japanese art from Australian collections, "Metalware', pg. 268-273, South Australia, 2009, 271 (colour illus.), 329 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

The golden journey: Japanese art from Australian collections, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 06 Mar 2009–13 Jun 2009