Posted 10 months ago
This Japanese cast iron cow okimono is 6.7" long x 3.75" high x 2.75" wide weighs 2.1 lbs. I cannot find a maker's mark on it, but the surface is pretty convoluted. It was found at an antiques auction in Tajimi in Gifu, Japan. It think that there may be some gold gilt applied to the finish. This is one of a pair, from an auction seller in Japan. I will get some better images when I a get a chance to do so. The pair was probably made to commemorate the Zodiac year of the Cow. This is the larger of the pair so probably the bull. I did a separate post for each cow since they are fairly complex. Age and maker unknown.
Update: I now think that this pair of cows was made by Keiten Takahashi 1920-2009 who was recognized as a National Treasure in Japan. I found another cow with a very different finish, but the handling of the legs and feet was identical.