An exceptional Japanese Meiji bronze sculpture of a man and water buffalo on a natural polished oak stand by renowned Japanese master craftsman Genryusai Seiya and dating from around 1880/90. The large bronze depicts an elderly man holding a pipe and tobacco pouch sat astride a water buffalo on a wooden slatted saddle mounted on a rush mat tied on with rope and with a large straw hat resting on the back of the buffalo. The man guides the walking buffalo with a rope tied to its nose. The bronze is mounted on a thick natural section of oak which has been polished and treated using the natural features of the wood to enhance the presentation of the bronze. The bronze has a wonderful deep dark natural patina only achieved with care and age and has obviously been cherished by its previous owner. A seal mark Dai-Nihon Genryusai Seiya zo is impressed to the lower body of the buffalo. One of the finest examples we have ever encountered and had the pleasure in offering for sale.
Provenance: acquired in the British Art Market.
In excellent condition.