Bronze crow on a tree stump - Yoshimitsu

Okimono sculpture in bronze of a crow perched on a tree stump in varnished wood. Its eyes are in shakudo.

In Japan, the crow (karasu) is a symbol of gratitude and family love. It is also considered as the divine messenger of good omen. The Kojiki (713) relates that the crow Yatagarasu guided the mythical founder of Japan, Emperor Jinmu (660-585 BC), on a military campaign to Yamato.

Signed under the crow within an oval cartouche 義光, Yoshimitsu.

Japan – Meiji era (1868-1912)
Total: height: 13.8 in. (35.5 cm) – width: 6.7 in. (17 cm) – depth: 9.4 in. (24 cm)
Crow: height: 5.3 in. (13.5 cm) – width: 3.1 in. (8 cm) – depth: 9.4 in. (24 cm)