Jizai okimono praying mantis

Materials: steel, copper, bronze
Techniques: metalwork, rusting, patination
Dimensions: 16x8x6 cm

The author’s copy of the articulated praying mantis figurine. In Japanese tradition, such sculptures are called jizai okimono. Meiji period, Japan, 19th century. The original is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.