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Subject:Tiny Bronze Elephant Okimono - Mark ID or Date?
Posted By: Scoutshouse Mon, Apr 08, 2019 IP: 2606:6000:6a03:9800:

Hi, all

I'm hoping to find ID on the mark shown on the foot of this tiny okimono. He is small, just about 2.75" tall.

I haven't foundan exact match for size and physical detail, and similars I found had no mark.

I'm looking for some idea of the date it was made. I expect it was part of a tableau.

Hi again and Thanks so much!







Subject:Re: Tiny Bronze Elephant Okimono - Mark ID or Date?
Posted By: Guy Wed, Apr 10, 2019

Reads 'Seiya' (せいや) in hiragana, a maker's mark of the workshop of Genryusai Seiya in Tokyo. Date ca. 1890-1900.

Guy.

Subject:Re: Tiny Bronze Elephant Okimono - Mark ID or Date?
Posted By: Scoutshouse Fri, Apr 12, 2019

Thank you so much, Guy!

I've been searching (and searching) miniature bronze okimono, but haven't seen one quite this tiny.

Do you think this was part of a group, or just secured to a wood platform on its own?

Thanks again :) and have a great weekend!

Subject:Re: Tiny Bronze Elephant Okimono - Mark ID or Date?
Posted By: Guy Sat, Apr 13, 2019

This indeed a very small object and could have been part of a larger group. The Seiya workshop made elephants from small to large dimensions and occasionally oversized scale (exhibition pieces) and from poor or average quality to top-of-the-line quality.

Guy.


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