Posted 11 months ago
This Japanese faux bronze cast iron rabbit okimono is about 6" long x 3.5" high x about 6" wide due to his big, floppy ears. It weighs a bit over 3 lbs and has a "JAPAN" label with a Mt. Fuji theme. Guessing this was made 1921-1941, based on the label. There is some finish loss on the ears but it is in surprisingly nice condition, otherwise. The casting is not perfect and I think the maker missed a bet by not doing a little hand work to define the nose and mouth. The label offers some hope of identifying the maker, which is currently unknown.
I was just browsing metal things labeled "Japan" on an online action site and reflexively made an offer 20% lower than the asking price when I saw the label and the seller accepted it. jscott0363 has explained the use of faux bronze on cast iron during the early 1900s and I suspect this fits in that category. I was very attracted to the rabbit, too, as I do not have a Japanese metal rabbit, yet, and this one is a corker. A very important indistinct "JAPAN" was part of the mold under the left paw of Mr. Wabbit, smaller and much less readable than a similar mark on one of jscott0363's hares.