An antique Japanese rare Tanuki (badger dog) that originates from the famous kiln region of Shigaraki, Japan. It was made in an Oribe glaze and it is shown holding a sake bottle in its right hand and a burl wood walking staff in its left hand. It is artist signed on the back.
The Tanuki is a shape shifter turning into various objects or people causing it to get into mischief and often comical adventures. There are many childhood Japanese stories surrounding this creature often used to teach morals and principles to children in an entertaining way.
Age: Late Meiji-Taisho Era (1910-1920) Dimensions: 26 1/4" High by 20" Wide by 11 1/2" Deep