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A PAIR OF MASSIVE BRONZE WALL HANGINGS WITH A...

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A PAIR OF MASSIVE BRONZE WALL HANGINGS WITH A LION AND LIONESS Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Naturalistically cast, one medallion depicting a male lion’s head, the other with a lionesses’ head, each with great attention to details, the fur finely accentuated with stripes. The reverse with four loops at the edges and a chain for suspension. HEIGHT 35.5 cm and 35.9 cm WEIGHT 3,590 g and 3,624 g Condition: Very good condition with minor wear, few nicks, dents, light surface scratches, and casting irregularities. Provenance: British private collection, received as a wedding gift in 1917 and thence by descent in the family. Auction comparison: Compare a bronze model of a tiger by Genryusai Seiya, 54.6 cm long, dated to the late Meiji period, at Bonhams, Fine Asian Works of Art, 18 December 2007, San Francisco, lot 4040 (sold for USD 6,600).