Stunning Antique Hand Painted Japanese Satsuma Meiji Figurine Tiger & Dragon
An absolutely stunning and intricately detailed hand painted antique 19th century Japanese Meiji period, 1868-1912, porcelain Satsuma Figurine on a wooden base portrayal of the eternal struggle of the mortal tiger opposing the celestial dragon. Converted to a table lamp and electrified, this is one of the finest examples we have ever seen.
The Chinese yin-yang and the Japanese in-yō are both believed to be the two complementary forces that make up all aspects of life. Yin is a symbol of earth, femaleness, darkness, passivity, and absorption. It is present in even numbers, in valleys and streams, and is represented by the tiger. Yang is conceived of as heaven, maleness, light, activity, and penetration. It is present in odd numbers, in mountains, and is represented by the dragon. Both are always in flux, as one increases the other decreases and when they are in balance or harmony they are depicted as the two light and dark halves of a circle
Come take a look at this wonderful piece in person at our historic showroom located at 137 Stockton St., Hightstown, NJ 08520!
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Dimensions: Figure with Lamp Shade is 22 1/4 high. Figure with wooden base until bottom base of lamp socket measures 11 1/4 inches high, 9.50 inches wide / long and 6.50 inches deep. The stunning textured lamp shade measures 9 7/8 inches high, 14 5/8 inches wide and 11 inches deep.
Condition: Wear consistent with age and use. Minor rubbing to finish, a small whitish unpainted section of porcelain at the base of the figurine under the lions tail. See pictures as they are a part of the condition report!
Shipping: Complimentary shipping via FedEx Ground in the Continental USA! All items shipped via FedEx Ground will require customer signature.