An image of Kangaroo

Izumisei Company

(Japan  – )

Kangaroo

Location
Not on display
Further information

Japanese metalsmiths developed exceptional skills creating bronze sculptures of creatures from the natural world. The ‘Figure of a kangaroo’, documents the production of Meiji metalwork for foreign markets and may have been inspired by Japan’s participation in the international exhibitions held in Sydney in 1879 and again in Melbourne in 1880.

Excerpt from James Bennett, ‘Metalware’ in James Bennett and Amy Reigle Newland (eds.), ‘The golden journey: Japanese art from Australian collections’, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2009, p. 271.
©Art Gallery of South Australia 2009. Reproduced by permission.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
circa 1900
Media
Sculpture
Medium
bronze
Dimensions
20.0 x 27.0 x 14.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed base, in Japanese, embossed "Izumi sei (illeg.)". Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1983
Accession number
53.1983