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Title

Kangaroo

circa 1900


Artist

Izumisei Company

Japan


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.


Details


Place where the work was made

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


Artist information

Izumisei Company

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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