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    Posted 2 months ago

    kwqd
    (826 items)

    This Japanese cast iron cow okimono is 6" long x 3.15" high x 1.5" wide and weighs 1.3 lbs. I cannot find a maker's mark on it, but the surface is pretty convoluted. It was one of a pair found at an antiques auction in Tajimi in Gifu, Japan. It think that there may be some gold gilt applied to the finish. 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 smaller of the pair so probably not the bull. I posted images of the other one, already. Age and maker unknown. With shipping costs from Japan, I probably paid a bit too much for the pair, but I put them on my watch list and the seller offered me a 50% discount, so they were hard to pass up since I like them so much.

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    Comments

    1. inky inky, 2 months ago
      Nicely made..
    2. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago
      Don’t you love it when they cut the price like that? Great pair, glad you found them a good home, Kevin! Like Tony the Tiger used to say ( or maybe still does) “They’re Great”!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for your comment, inky! They are! I am surprised that they are not signed. They may have originally come in a signed tomobako...

      Thanks for your comments, Eileen! I love a bargain, alright. If it wasn't for the shipping cost, they would have been a steal!

      Thanks for loving my other cow okimono Thomas, Watchsearcher, Eileen, Kevin, BHIFOS, Jenni and inky!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for checking out my cow okimonos blunderbuss2 and dav2no1!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks Manikin!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks Rambojoe and fortapache!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks aura!
    8. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 2 months ago
      Very nice rustic little cow, I adore both her and the bull, she definitely reminds me of those cows in really pastoral paintings, great naturalistic pose on her. :)
    9. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Thanks for your comments, LaurenRedmond! The mold maker did a really nice job as did the decorator. Not sure if they one and the same. Sad that they are not marked so I have a chance to figure out who the artist was.

      Thanks for loving my iron cow mikelv85 and LaurenRedmond!
    10. racer4four racer4four, 1 month ago
      You have so many wonderful kimono Kevin.
      I don’t think anyone can model animals with the same style as the Japanese, so much personality in the pieces.
    11. kwqd kwqd, 1 month ago
      Thanks for your comment, Karen! I wish that I had discovered Japanese metal work a long time ago, especially their okimono.

      Thanks for loving my mystery cow Cisum and Karen!
    12. kwqd kwqd, 1 month ago
      Thanks fhrjr2 and Manikin!

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