A fine and rare partially-gilt bronze figure of a dancer
By Miyao Eisuke, Meiji Period
In the role of a shirabyoshi, posturing as she performs a ritual dance, holding an open fan, decorated with young pines by a stream and with a gohei (detachable) strapped to her back, she turns to the left wearing an eboshi and floral head-dress, her elaborate costume engraved with scrolling foliage and with a variety of gilt medallions in relief, variously cast with ho-o birds, dragons, peonies, leaping carp and plum blossom, her face copper-patinated, signed on a gilt tablet Miyao zo. 42.8cm (17in) high. (2).
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