Although largely unknown in the states, Tanuki have been among the most significant and interesting folkloric characters in Japan since the 16th century. They are shape-shifting tricksters and symbols of wealth and whimsy; and the subject of many folkloric tales.
Contemporary Tanuki are seen outside many temples, shops and restaurants. Our vintage statues of the modern day Tanuki were designed by Shigaraki potter, Tetsuzo Fujiwara, in the early 1950s and became the popular style of present day Tanuki figurines.
Age: 1950s (Showa Period)
Origin: Shigaraki, Japan
Size: 10" x 10" 16"