Japanese Dragons with Long Serpentine and Undulating Body Breathe Fire Into Bonhams Sale


LONDON.- An unprecedented, extraordinary, fully articulated iron dragon is the highlight of the Bonhams Fine Japanese Art sale taking place on 11th November at New Bond Street. The 133cm long creature is estimated to sell for £120,000 – 130,000. The dragon is a stunning example of jizai okimono, naturalistic, fully articulated iron animal figures, whose bodies and limbs can be moved replicating their counterparts in real life. The extraordinary dragon offered by Bonhams has a long serpentine and undulating body, forged with numerous scales that have been joined inside the body. The head, mouth, claws and ears are each constructed of moving parts and the leg joints can turn 180 degrees. Although little is known about the origin and development of jizai okimono as works of art, this dragon was created in the Edo Period (18th/19th century) by the Myochin School. Historically, members of the Myochin Family were supreme arm