The tanuki, is an animal that has been significant in Japanese folklore since ancient times. The legendary tanuki is reputed to be mischievous and jolly, a master of disguise and shape shifting, but somewhat gullible and absentminded. It is also a common theme in Japanese art, especially statuary. Most commonly seen is the male tanuki. This all hand made tanuki is a rare female version in a high fire hand made ceramic, standing 9″ tall. Dating to the mid Taisho era (c.1920).