PRESENTING a BEAUTIFUL Large Vintage Japanese Bronzed Sculpture of Toba on his Mule.
Some might say ‘Monumental’ .. being 34 inches tall and 30 inches wide ! LOL
Probably made in the 1960’s, in Japan, in the Showa Era, this cast 2 piece sculpture is made of iron/steel which has been bronze patinated.
It features a rider – ‘Toba’ riding a mule with GREAT detail throughout. The figure is holding a scroll in his left hand and gripping the reins with his right.
Toba is wearing a circular bamboo hat with finial and wearing a floral decorated kimono.
The mule, likewise, has GREAT detail with his long pointed ears, flowing mane and elaborate saddle and harness adorned with hanging ornaments.
VERY IMPRESSIVE AND DECORATIVE PIECE !
Toba was a famous Chinese official, poet and calligrapher. Toba was removed from his post and sent into exile as a result of intrigues against him.
The Shōwa era (昭和, Shōwa) refers to the period of Japanese history corresponding to the reign of Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) from December 25, 1926, until his death on January 7, 1989. It was preceded by the Taishō period. The pre-1945 and post-war Shōwa periods are almost completely different states: the pre-1945 Shōwa era (1926–1945) concerns the Empire of Japan, and post-1945 Shōwa era (1945–1989) is the State of Japan.
Large Vintage Japanese Bronzed Sculpture of Toba on his Mule.
Provenance: From a Dallas Estate and acquired by the last owner in the early 1970’s.
Condition: Good original condition. Some loss of bronze patination where the rider sits. Otherwise it is great.
Dimensions: 34 inches tall, 30 inches wide and 12 inches deep.