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Japanese Metal Work157 of 200Japanese cast iron geisha dancersJapanese fish okimono by Kei Watanabe
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    Posted 2 years ago

    kwqd
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    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.

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    Comments

    1. Newfld Newfld, 2 years ago
      What a terrific cast iron rodent Kevin, he is beautifully formed & your photos of the various angles are excellent. Just in time for the last couple mos of year of the rat '20
    2. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for your comments, Jenni! You are right, a rat is currently more relevant that a rabbit would have been. The artist did a nice job and it is too bad they did not sign it. Guessing there probably once was an associated tomobako but it is long gone if there was.

      Thanks for loving rat boy wickencrafts, aura, Jenni, mcheconi and getthatmonkeyoutofme!
    3. dav2no1 dav2no1, 2 years ago
      Cool piece...love the rodents!
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      He's AMAZING!! I have a few Japanese cast iron rabbits, but have never seen a Japanese cast iron mouse. Wonderful piece!
    5. Hoot60, 2 years ago
      Now...that's a cool cast iron piece!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for your comment dav2no1! Me too!

      Thanks for your comment jscott0363! I haven't seen many mouse/rat okinomos. Kind of surprising since one the the Japanese years is the Year of the Rat....

      Thanks for your comment Hoot60! From what I have seen it appears to be fairly difficult to make something this small and detailed in cast iron.

      Thanks for loving my cast iron rat Vynil33rpm, Hoot60, Manikin, jscott0363, Watchsearcher, dav2no1 and ttomtucker!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you fortapache!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks Ben!
    9. RichmondLori RichmondLori, 2 years ago
      realistic enough to get a second look....very nice
    10. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for your comment RichmondLori! The artist certainly knew what a day looks like!
    11. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for your comment RichmondLori! The artist certainly knew what a rat looks like! (damned auto-correct!)
    12. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the rat love Anik, six-0-one, AnythingObscure and Lisa!
    13. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for taking a look valentino97!
    14. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 2 years ago
      I think the first photo would be the position for the scare factor, wonderful !~
    15. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for your comment PhilDMorris! I will update the post with the results of the "scare" test.

      Thanks Kevin and PhilDMorris!
    16. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving the rat Karen and blunderbuss2!
    17. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you Thomas!
    18. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you Rooster123!
    19. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for taking a look at my iron rat clockerman!
    20. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks LOUMANAL!
    21. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for your comments Eileen! Yeah, I get it, not the most personable critters, but this guy has a certain "je nes sais quoi"!
    22. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 2 years ago
      Cute little rat! I've never seen a sculpt done so well and so realistic- his lovely deep brown colour makes it look like he's carved from wood too
    23. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for your comment LaurenRedmond! Probably the work of a very experienced artist. Not sure where the artist was going with the color choice.
    24. Hoot60, 2 years ago
      Do you have the matching rat with the lucky coin?
      https://www.etsy.com/listing/774843263/2379-pair-of-iron-rats-with-ancient?ref=hp_rv-2&pro=1


    25. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the link Hoot60! An interesting pair of iron rats. Different enough from mine that they were probably not made by the same maker, though. Not sure if this pairing is traditional and I am missing one! I looked at quite a few iron rats when researching mine and did not come across any similar to the pair in the Etsy auction, though.
    26. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for the rat love LovelyPat!
    27. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for checking out my Japanese rat figurine ho2cultcha!
    28. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thank you vcal!
    29. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thanks vynil33rpm!
    30. kwqd kwqd, 4 months ago
      Thank you Bruce99!
    31. kwqd kwqd, 22 days ago
      Thank you Falcon61!

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