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Japanese Bronze Stag with Third Eye
Because this deer has a third eye, it most likely represents a divine deer. The Kasuga Shrine in Nara, where deer are considered sacred, has a legend where a deer carried a deity from heaven to the shrine where the god could be worshipped and act as protector. This deer is by artist Kitahara Sankei (1895-1972). The signature reads, Sanka saku, which translates to "made by Sanka", (an alternative translation to Sakei). This deer was exhibited in the 11th Nitten exhibition in 1930, and an identical deer appears in the book, Deco Japan: Shaping Art & Culture, 1920-1945, by Brown, Machiko and Benton. Japanese hakudo bronze with gold eyes.
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- Place of Origin
- Date of Manufacturecirca 1920
- Materials and Techniques
- Condition DetailsDetails on request.
- DimensionsH 8 in. x W 12 in. x D 5.25 in.H 20.32 cm x W 30.48 cm x D 13.34 cm
- Seller LocationHudson, NY
- Seller Reference NumberA5133
- Reference NumberLU855117077051
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