Posted 6 years ago
Apart from my glass, these must be my favourite Japanese item.
These horses were possibly made as Year of the Horse figurines, or just because the Japanese have a long working and cultural association with horses.
The notes that came with them mentions Shoichi Move but I am not sure if this is even a persons name, so let's say the designer is unknown.
Whoever made them they did a great job.
I think this pair have been made from bronze which has been nickel plated.
They are very heavy and there are some scuff marks in places in the coating although only a dark colour shows through. They are not magnetic so are not ferrous based. I know the Japanese work in bronze a bit so that's my best guess for now.
I just love their style!
Mare 13cm (5in)
Foal 8cm (3in)
I am now quite sure these horses were made by artist Sotaro Saegusa, renowned bronze artist.