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    Posted 2 months ago

    kwqd
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    This Tosa fighting dog okimono is 7" long x 5.5" high x 2.5" wide. The dog is hollow and has something inside that rattles when it is shaken, it weighs 1 lb 5 ounces. The garland is solid and weighs 8 ounces. I am not sure what the metal is. It is not magnetic. My guess would be aluminum bronze, but that is just a guess. There are two sets of marks on the bottom, but they are indistinct. This may be a souvenir of the dog fights. Again, just a guess. I think the garland and costume (kesho-mawashi) are the accoutrements of a champion or grand champion dog. I don't know if they identify a specific dog or are generic. Maker unknown.

    Tosa fighting dog matches are different than Western dog fighting. The goal is for one dog to dominate the other dog. Little, or no, blood is shed and matches are stopped if one of the dogs is injured. It has a lot in common with Sumo wrestling and is often compared to that sport. Sumo wrestlers wear an apron similar to the one this dog is wearing.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tosa_(dog)

    https://nationalpurebreddogday.com/tosa-inu-fights/

    I had purchased a Saegusa Sotaro okimono from a seller in Japan and asked them about combining shipping for this dog but did not follow up on it. I think the seller thought that I was playing hardball on the price for this okimono but I had just decided to not buy since it was more that I was interested in paying. The seller cut the price several times until it reached $7.50 so I decided to go ahead and buy it. The Saegusa item had supposedly already shipped, but apparently the seller was sitting on it until I bought something else and both pieces arrived in the same box.... Calling it "Mystery Unsolved" since the maker is unidentified.

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    Comments

    1. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 2 months ago
      I love his pose, it's both very strong and very loyal, the costume and garland on him are really unusual too. He kinda has a bit of a golden retriever look too except a far more angular head and with his pose. I think his owner has a box of treats and he's standing ready, waiting for one! :P
    2. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for your comments LaurenRedmond! These dogs are the Japanese equivalent of Sumo wrestlers. Sumo wrestlers wear the same kind of cloth apron. I think these are very proud dogs, so he is probably standing there absorbing the admiration of his fans!

      Thanks for loving my Tosa dog okimono mikelv85, Thomas, fortapache, Watchsearcher, LaurenRedmond, Kevin and BHIFOS!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for loving my Japanese Tosa dog okimono Alfie21, PhilDMorris, Daisy1000 and aura!
    4. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago
      When hearing of dog fights, it makes me very angry and sad. If only the West did things like the East! These dogs are beautiful and your statue is perfection as is your photography! Again, thank you for an interesting story behind your post instead of just describing it. We all love the where, when and how pieces are found. Some here give no info, just descriptions and very little of that! I commend you Kevin, your posts are superb!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for your comments, Eileen. I, too, am anti dog fighting, dog racing, horse racing, etc. Glad you enjoyed my post!

      Thanks for loving my Tosa fighting dog lizzycbw, Eileen and BlingJewelsMore!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for loving my Tosa dog Jenni!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for checking out my Tosa dog okimono Vynil33rpm!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for checking out an loving my Tosa dog okimono Karen and LovelyPat!
    9. kwqd kwqd, 1 month ago
      Thank you dav2no1 and Manikin!

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