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    Sale 11930

    AN INQUIRING MIND: AMERICAN COLLECTING OF JAPANESE AND KOREAN ART

    15 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 70

    An iron articulated model of a snake

    20TH CENTURY, SIGNED MUNEYOSHI (TANAKA TADAYOSHI; ?-1958)

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    An iron articulated model of a snake
    20th century, signed Muneyoshi (Tanaka Tadayoshi; ?-1958)
    The russet-iron snake constructed of numerous hammered plates joined inside the body, the head incised with scales and fitted with a hinged jaw opening to reveal a movable tongue, gilt eyes; signature on underside of jaw
    35 5/8 in. (90.5 cm.) long


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    This is the work of a modern metal artist, Tanaka Tadayoshi, known for his articulated iron figures of the Taisho and early Showa periods. Tadayoshi apprenticed in the Kyoto workshop of Takase Kozan (1869-1934), who directed the mass-production of ornamental iron pieces for both domestic and international markets.

    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTOR