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.
Place where the work was made
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
20.0 x 27.0 x 14.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed base, in Japanese, embossed "Izumi sei (illeg.)". Not dated.
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
The golden journey: Japanese art from Australian collections, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 06 Mar 2009–13 Jun 2009
The Lady and the Unicorn, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Feb 2018–24 Jun 2018
Referenced in 1 publication
Daniel McOwan, The golden journey: Japanese art from Australian collections, "Metalware', pg. 268-273, South Australia, 2009, 271 (colour illus.), 329 (colour illus.).