Posted 4 months ago
These cast iron geisha dancers are between 9.5" and 10" high and each weighs a few ounces over 3 lbs. The casting quality and finish are pretty good. These are still pretty common on on line auctions and some examples have "Made in Japan" labels on the bottom. Most sites date them to the 1950s. These are probably so common because they are made of iron and fairly indestructible. They also come in a few finishes, including black, gold and green. There are at least six poses for these figures that I have seen.
What is unusual about this pair is the large size. Most other examples I have seen are either 7.5" or 5.5" tall. These two are giants in comparison. Being as tall and heavy as this set is and also a bit unstable, I bet they dented a few mid-Century coffee tables when the family cat or inebriated guest knocked one over. These had a few minor scrapes to the finish but a black Sharpie covered any damage. The finish is shiny so any seeming damage to this pair is due to reflected light. None that I have seen have a maker's mark and there is enough variation in execution, casting quality and finish that I think they were made by multiple mystery foundries. I found a fairly crude set of two that had an OMC diamond shape label (Otagiri Manufacturing Company). This set is representative of the best quality I have seen for these figures so I was happy to find them for $7 for the pair.