A Japanese gilt-decorated lacquer guardian figure, Meiji Period, late 19th century
- Pine, lacquer, Coral, mother of pearl, ivory
thence by descent
Baron Redesdale acquired this extraordinary statue in Japan circa 1870. In 1866 he was appointed 3rd Secretary to Japan by the British Government and in 1868 he became Secretary of the British Legation there. He was honoured at the Japanese Imperial Court by the young Emperor Meiji in the same year. He also wrote Tales of Old Japan in 1871, drawing on the folklore of a country he loved.