Image one of a pair of musicians
Signed: 'Miyao', with a seal mark
Cast, patinated, chased and gilded bronze
The Edwin and Susan Davies Collection
The image shown here is of one of two figures, a boy with ornate hair and an older man wearing a court cap, both of whom carry swords and play the fue, the traditional Japanese flute. Their hands, feet and heads are patinated a rich red colour. Their robes, which appear to be blowing in a breeze, have a lightly hammered surface and gilt decoration. One set of robes features cranes, plovers and waves, the other bamboo and paulownia leaves.