Japanese bronze Samurai Archer holding a bow in one hand and preparing to draw his arrow with the other, his robe decorated with formal crests mon, with an aikuchi tucked into his waist and a tachi suspended from the side, signed in a rectangular reserve Gyōkō, Meiji Period
(1868-1912). The artist Akasofu Gyōkō 赤祖父暁光 (given name Sotojirō) lived in Tokyo producing from his workshop cast metalwork sculptures: his recorded figures of birds are hawks and eagles but he also produced models of samurai warriors like this piece. He was a member
of the Tokyo Cast Metalworkers’ Association(Tōkyō Chōkinkay) active in the second half of the Meiji Era.