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Japan: Meiji period (1868-1912)
- Dimensions (H x W x D)
9 in x 15 in x 13 in
- Inscriptions & Markings
signature: undeciphered, underside of hawk
- Collection Area
- Object Type
- Credit Line
Bequest of Mrs. Blanche Hersey Hogue
- Accession Number
This superbly crafted hawk is typical of the bronze sculpture made in Japan during the Meiji period. Dramatic and highly realistic, Meiji sculptures were produced by artists trained at government-sponsored art academies, where the art of Europe’s Victorian age was held up as the ideal model. In turn, Japanese decorative bronzes of the Meiji period (1868–1912) were enormously popular with Western audiences, who encountered them at international expositions in such cities as Paris, Philadel-phia, Chicago, and St. Louis. Bronzes, along with silk, became an important source of the foreign currency to fund Japan’s modernization.