Finely cast Meiji Period Japanese bronze / spelter figure of a rat catcher. This looks and feels like patinated bronze but on the underside of the plinth at the base of the feet, where it has worn, has exposed silver-coloured metal which would indicate that the figure has also been cast in spelter.
The bronzed outer layer is clearly very thick as none of this underlying metal is exposed anywhere else. The figure of the rat catcher has been beautifully cast with plenty of detail from the hair on the rat to the musculature in the bare chested rat catcher, and to the design in the costume which covers him below the waist. There are no signatures or foundry marks.
The figure stands on a plinth with four feet. Size: 22 cm high; plinth 11.5 x 10 cm.The item "Japanese Meiji Period bronze / spelter figure of a rat catcher, finely cast" is in sale since Monday, October 7, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Metalware\Bronze". The seller is "123torr" and is located in Tunbridge Wells. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Mexico, Switzerland, Bermuda, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Iceland, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Ukraine.