A rare group of naturalistically modelled bronze tortoises. Note the finely incised detail work, especially to the carapace. It is rare to find such a group being still together, more than a century after its creation. The largest and second largest are signed TSUNEMITSU and YOSHINOBU respectively, both known Meiji artist who worked in bronze.
LENGTH 12.5 cm (the largest)
WEIGHT 409.1 grams (total weight)
Condition: Excellent condition with some wear, mostly to base of feet, and very minor traces of use. The patina has grown into a deep bronze color with hues of copper-red and an unctuous finish.
Provenance: British collection.