Tanuki Japan, Mid-century c.1950-60Guillermina
The tanuki, a Japanese raccoon dog, is a legendary folk symbol of good luck and a favorite subject in Japanese art. Tanukis are reputed to be mischievous and jolly, masters of disguise and shape-shifting, but also quite gullible and absentminded. Carved in akita-sugi wood, this mid-20th century tanuki has an artist signature and comes with its own akita -sugi wood stand. He stands with his big belly, sake bottle on the side, and his hat tied around his neck.
This piece is sourced from Guillermina Emy LaFever, who is known for her unique, quirky art and furnishings with an Asian emphasis. She has traveled the world acquiring and merchandising her incredible collection for 35 years.
- Handmade in Japan
- Color Natural wood
- 12/15" H x 15" w/base
- Care instructions: Wax or oil