Posted 5 years ago
The Japanese closely follow the Chinese zodiac and I often see the zodiac animals made from pottery, metal, or glass. I already have some of the animals in glass by both Kurata and Marti, but when I saw a complete set for sale I had to get them (even though there are now some duplicates).
Each animal has been hand made and all have variations of colour relative to the animal. They are all around the 15cm (5.5in) mark in size, although are not proportional to each other. The detail doesn't show very well here but believe me, these are beautifully made.
Pic 1. Snake, tiger, dog
Pic 2. Chicken, monkey, bull
Pic 3. Horse, sheep, pig
Pic 4. Rabbit, mouse
Yes, there are 12 zodiac animals, and only 11 here. The dragon is another post!