A small figure wrapped in a cloak whipped by storm winds stalks the night, beware the shape shifting kitsune, one who will lure you to doom. It is signed on the base Ippei-saku (Uchishima Ippei also known as Seiho) and stamped 900 silver. The diminutive creature stands 8 cm (3-1/2 inches) tall and comes in a kiri-wood box mellowed brown with age.
Uchishima Ippei (Seiho) was born in Takaoka, the bronze production center in Toyama prefecture. He began working as a professor at the Prefectural Industrial School in 1928 where he had a strong influence on metal artists in the pre and post-war eras. His work was exhibited with the Teiten (mod. Nitten National Exhibition) and was awarded at the Belgian World Exposition. He was selected to create the bronze fixtures for the National Diet Building.