Bronze sculpture of a beetle of the type Dynastes Hercule (Dynastes hercules). It is the largest rhinoceros beetle in the world.
Insects (mushi) occupy 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 better observe them. The mushi can indeed be seen as pets, playing a role in the education of the child: the child will first play with the ladybug and will progress as his education progresses to the complex dragonfly hunt, which requires a certain know-how.
Carries an unidentified seal on the underside.
Japon, Meiji era (1868-1912)
Length : 3.15 inch – Width : 1.3 inch