This Japanese vintage wood ornament of a Cockatoo. This is a hand-carved piece by the wood craftsman. This was a purchase from Japan, according to the seller it is a 'Heron' but according to feedback I have from others a Cockatoo, I am not a bird specialist!
According to the seller from Japan, all of its body, the wings and rest except the beak is stained showing the beautiful wood grain in the natural color of the Water buffalo heron in the true chestnut color of this heron with a cream colored beak. Out of over 65 species of heron in the world, the 'Gorsachius goisagi' or 'Temminck', is also known as the Japanese Night Heron and only found in this area of Asia. It can be found pictured in books and other images flying above the herd of water buffalo, riding on their backs as a passenger, sitting on their faces, running alongside them around on the ground. Sparing the grandest eagle, the great character and appearance of the heron and crane make them my favorite birds of Japanese art. This is simple and nicely done artist carving and work.
It is in very good condition with no cracks or chips, some minor surface wear. This is a nice size handsome heron and would make a great cabinet piece in a living room or office.
SIZE Height 10.23 inches or 26 cm, Length 9.44 inches or 24cm, Width inches or 10.5 cm
Japanese Night Heron, Gorsachius goisagi - Temminck
Nycticorax goisagi Temminck, 1835. Pl. Col. Livr. 98, pl. 582: Japan.
The Japanese Night Heron is a small, small-billed chestnut and buff heron.
The Japanese Night Heron has a chestnut cap with a short chestnut crest. The bill is relatively short and stout for a heron. The upper bill is dark brown; the lower bill is yellow. The beak is yellow and the iris are a green- yellow, forming a notable patch in front of the eye. The sides of the neck are buff brown. The upper parts are pale chestnut. The darker wings have blackish primaries with prominent broad tawny tips, giving the appearance of a black wing bar on an otherwise tawny wing. A pale patch on the forewing can be seen in a good light. The undersides are brown with darker streaking and the flanks are slightly mottled. The legs are black green. In breeding, eyes turn blue, and the bill turns green to black.
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Japanese Vintage Wood Ornament of Cockatoo