Posted 2 months ago
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.