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Japan, unknown artist, Hawk, ca. 1870/1900, cast bronze, Bequest of Mrs. Blanche Hersey Hogue, public domain, 54.20

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Title

Hawk

Artist

Japan, unknown artist (Japanese)

Date

ca. 1870/1900

Period

Japan: Meiji period (1868-1912)

Medium

cast bronze

Dimensions (H x W x D)

9 in x 15 in x 13 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: undeciphered, underside of hawk

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Sculpture

Object Type

sculpture

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Blanche Hersey Hogue

Accession Number

54.20

Copyright

public domain

Terms

bird

birds

bronze

bronzes

Meiji

sculpture

Description

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.

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