Very fine Okimono, representing an Asian long-horned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) in silver bronze. Its golden spots are rendered by oxidation.
The Asian long-horned beetle is part of the family Cerambycid, a wood-eating insect native to China or Korea.
Insects (mushi) have a very important place in Japanese culture. Insect hunting is a popular pastime, especially among children. Using nets and cages, they catch cicadas, beetles and other insects to observe them. The mushican indeed be seen as familiar animals, playing a role in a child’s education: the child will first play with the ladybug and progress to the complex hunt for the dragonfly, which requires a certain skill.
Japan, Taisho Era (1912-1926)
Height: 1 in. (2.5 cm) – width: 1.3 in. (3.3 cm) – depth: 2.7 in. (6.8 cm)