Pair of Koi Fish Sculptures, Bronze is possibly from (or an later inspired reproduction of) Meiji period in Japan. Beautiful sculpture features detailed scales and fins, atop swirling waters.
Meiji Period was the end of Edo shogunate (the military government rule) and restoring of imperial rule in Japan, beginning in 1868 and lasting until 1912, marked by the death of Emperor Meiji. During this time Japan experiences social, political, and economic changes as they moved from feudalism to modernity. Now open to the world after more than 200 years closed off to international trade, the Meiji period art reflects the inspiration that came from Japan’s engagement with the wider world
-characteristics- depiction of koi fish vs arms and armor (dominant motifs pre Meiji)
-yellow on the eyes and checks could be from coming in contact with another stronger metal in those areas (this is common in bronze as opposed to spelter)
-green patina on the bottom and inside is also common in older bronze objects
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DIMENSIONS: 11" H x 5" W
FACTS & HISTORY: In Japan, the koi is a symbol of luck, prosperity, and good fortune, and also of perseverance in the face of adversity. Ornamental koi are symbolic of Japanese culture and are closely associated with the country's national identity.
Since the late 20th century, the keeping of koi in outdoor water gardens has become popular among the more affluent Chinese. Koi ponds are now found in Chinese communities around the world, and the number of people who keep koi , has been increasing. Koi are also popular in many countries in the equatorial region, where outdoor water gardens are popular, In Sri Lanka, interior courtyards most often have one or several fish ponds dedicated to koi