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Title

Kangaroo

circa 1900

Artist

Alternate image of Kangaroo by Izumisei Company
Alternate image of Kangaroo by Izumisei Company
Alternate image of Kangaroo by Izumisei Company
Alternate image of Kangaroo by Izumisei Company
Alternate image of Kangaroo by Izumisei Company
Alternate image of Kangaroo by Izumisei Company
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    circa 1900
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    bronze
    Dimensions
    20.0 x 27.0 x 14.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed base, in Japanese, embossed "Izumi sei (illeg.)". Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1983
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    53.1983
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Izumisei Company

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  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication