Posted 3 months ago
This iron tiger okimono by Saegusa Sotaro is 10.5" long x 4" high x 2.5" wide and weighs 2 lbs 13 ounces. It has the Saegusa studio mark and came with the original cardboard presentation box, plastic plinth and wood signature plaque. I am not sure if this piece was by Saegusa Sotaro, himself, by a member of his studio or the work of both. Information about how his studio functioned is pretty much nonexistent. I do know that his studio continued, and maybe continues, after his death to produce okimono which he designed.
At any rate, I have been keeping my eye open for an example of this tiger, but they can be pretty expensive. I finally found this one from a seller in Japan for a reasonable price. It has a couple of small casting flaws on its back which have gotten a bit of debris in them. I going to take my time in assessing the best way to clean it up. This piece is used and has been displayed, but shows little wear and no damage. This has been in transit for awhile and just arrived an hour or so ago.