Japanese bronze hawk with silvered body naturalistically modeled ready to take flight
perched on a gnarled stump, signed in a rectangular plaque Masatsune chū 政常鋳
The artist Masatsune was very accomplished in birds subjects.
For other bronze birds by this artist see “The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono-
The Dr. Kanter Collection” Metalwork no. 248.
“ Meiji no Takara明治の宝: Treasure ofImperial Japan-The D. Khalili Collection”
Metalwork part II, no. 104-105.