An early-enamelled model of a bird, Japanese, mid-late 17th Century.

The bird is perched on a gnarled tree stump, in an attitude of tense alertness, as if eyeing a possible prey.

This suggests that it was intended to represent a falcon, or similar bird of prey.

The figurine has been moulded in three parts, the bird in one; the tree stump in two.

These have been luted together and boldly decorated in blood red and azure, with detailing in black, 11.5cm.


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