Offered by: Mayfair Gallery
39 South Audley Street London W1K 2PP , England Call Seller 44.207.491.3435


Bronze Meiji period sculpture of Jur?jin, God of Longevity, with deer and staff

$ 9,500
  • Description
    Bronze Meiji period sculpture of Jur?jin, God of Longevity, with deer and staff
    Japanese, Late 19th Century
    Figure: height 40cm, width 19cm, depth 11cm
    Stag: height 19cm, width 20cm depth 10cm
    Complete with his characteristic deer and staff, this fine sculptural group in bronze, from Meiji era Japan, depicts the Taoist god of longevity, Jur?jin, one of the Seven Gods of Fortune. Originally a figure from Chinese Taoist religion, Jur?jin is a popular figure in Japanese art and culture, commonly shown as an old man with his deer - a symbol of longevity, as it is viewed as a wise animal that only gets wiser with age - and his knobbly staff, which bears the life span of all life-forms and a list of all their good and wicked deeds.
    The group is formed of separate elements: Jur?jin himself, his deer, and his staff. Charming, delicate, and highly expressive, this charming piece is signed on the back for Houzan / 60th birthday celebration / Osaka wheel production company, from all employees, indicating it was once bestowed as an important symbolic gift, with the potential, of course, to be so again.
  • More Information
    Origin: Japan
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Bronze.
    Creation Date: Late 19th Century
    Styles / Movements: Asian, Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: N-0107
    Incollect Reference #: 627143
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Mayfair Gallery is a leading gallery in the field of art and antiques, holding a large collection of unique pieces for sale. The breadth of the gallery’s collection is wide, and includes items from a range of periods, styles and geographical origins, as well as works by famous artists and craftsmen. The main focus of the gallery’s collection is, however, on items produced during the 19th and early 20th century.

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