Japan, Meiji era, second half of the 19th century.
Lenght 19 cm
Width 8 cm
From the 17th century, the production of jizai okimono began with the periods of slowing down of war conflicts in Japan. During these periods, the most talented craftsmen who used to make the samurai armors turned to the production of these collector's items which allowed them to continue to live from their art by mobilizing their great dexterity.
These articulated pieces often represent crustaceans and insects but also birds, fish and imaginary animals such as dragons. Often, animals whose bodies are covered with an exoskeleton are favored because it takes the structure of an armor. The more joints the model has, the more complex the design requires.
Our model is to the scale of a crab such as it can be found in nature and its realism is due to both its articulated legs and claws and the chiselling work done on its shell, which has all the anatomical characteristics of a real crab.