Antique Bronze Jizai Articulated Grasshopper


a bronze grasshopper from the late meiji to early taisho era with freely moving arms and antennas

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Antique Bronze Jizai Articulated Grasshopper

Late Meiji to early Taisho era Bronze Jizai Grasshopper Okimono.  Articulated arms and antennas and  in good condition.

Ships in a quality Japanese Urushi black lacquer box (see images).

The Japanese call these objects Jizai Okimono 自在置物 which means ‘a freely moving image’.

Approximate dimensions are 15 cm length and 4 cm wide and a height of 3 cm. The weight is approximately 18 grams.

Shipping is via Australia Post and includes tracking.  Approximate shipping time is 9 business days to most international locations.  Insurance on shipping is recommended.  Please email us at [email protected] for a quote on insurance.

Jizai Okizono are naturally articulating representations of animals.  The craftsmanship of articulated Jizai Okimono has been a Japanese art for many generations.  The subjects depicted include insects and snakes, crustaceans and even mythical dragons and fish. The materials used have been iron, bronze and sometimes silver and gold. This demonstration of craftsmanship by armorours and sword makers originated at the beginning of the 18th century to express their craftsmanship and skills in fabricating complex armour and weapons.

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