Posted 6 months ago
This cast iron Japanese okimono of a mouse (or rat) is about 6.2" (16 cm) long x 2.75" (7 cm) high x 3.75" (9.5 cm) wide and weighs in at about 21 ounces (600 grams). It was acquired about 30 years ago and has quite a bit of wear to the finish and the casting is not perfect but there is no real damage and it was priced accordingly. It is not marked and did not come with a tomobako but was part of a large collection of Japanese metal, porcelain and pottery art from a collection being sold.
I wanted an example of a Japanese cast iron mouse or rabbit but did not want to pay the cost of a perfect marked piece with tomobako, etc., and found this critter which will do nicely as an example until, and if, something better comes along. Calling it a mystery since the maker is not known. A lot of this stuff is being copied by the Chinese but the age and the provenance is somewhat reassuring that it is Japanese.