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Japanese Mixed Metal Okimono of Doves by Seifu, Meiji Period, Late 19th Century



A wonderfully naturalistic and large Japanese Meiji period mixed metal okimono (ornamental sculpture) of a pair of oriental turtle doves perched on a gnarled tree trunk, signed Seifu, late 19th century, Japan. The detachable pigeons masterfully cast with a life-like naturalism. Their wings inlaid with silver and copper, the male flecked with gold. Their eyes with silver inlaid pupils, their beaks gilded. The birds seemingly caught as if the viewer has just come upon them. The slightly larger bird (presumably the male), perched directly upon the stump, turns its head to face the viewer. The slightly smaller bird (presumably the female) stands amongst the roots at ground level, head slightly ducked. Each bird signed "Seifu" to the underside. The stump features new growth, with clusters of broad leaves grow amongst the trunk and roots of the felled tree. The leaves portrayed in a natural state, with some leaves displaying insect damage. A single, graceful tendril rising hesitantly against the trunk.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 12.5 in. (31.75 cm)Width: 20.5 in. (52.07 cm)Depth: 11 in. (27.94 cm)
  • Style
    Meiji (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Late 19th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The silver inlay heavily tarnished. With dust buildup in the deeper crevices.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894720968542

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    Ships From: Austin, TX
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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