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Sculpture of two bear cubs at play 3D Model
Hammered iron, Yamada Chozaburoabout Muneyoshi, 1909, Japan. Museum no. M.47-1919
Representational sculpture of animals and insects had been known in Japan from the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868), when bronze figures had been made for display in the tokonoma, the alcove in a Japanese house where works of art were displayed. These items were produced by traditional armour makers, or by those who made the decorative fittings for swords.