Tanuki, Japanese raccoon Dog, clay, Meiji

Tanuki, a legendary folklore symbol of good luck, also reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shapeshifting but also quite gullible and absentminded. A favorite subject in Japanese art, statuary, pictures and folkart. Usually depicted standing with his big belly and sake bottle. This particular charming piece finds Tanuki sitting cradling his precious sake bottle. His amber color outfit contrasting with the dark finish of his head, arms and legs brings the image to life.

Measures 5” x 4” x 3 ½”.

Late Meiji period, early 20 th century.