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    Posted 3 months ago

    kwqd
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    This is a boxed set of mother and child rats by Saegusa Sotaro. The mother rat is 5.5" high x 3" wide and made of iron. It weighs 1 lb and 11 ounces and has Saegusa's mark on it. The small rat is 2.75" high x 2" wide and made of some non-magnetic metal, perhaps bronze. It weighs 6.5 ounces and I cannot find any marking on it. The set is used but came with its original box and paperwork, plastic plinth and wooden sign. I initially called these mice but they are probably Zodiac okimono, so are rats.

    I recently found a seller in Japan who had found a good size collection of the works of Saegusa Sotaro and was selling them at very reasonable prices, so I decided to add a few more pieces to my collection. I am not sure what I missed but he still had some nice pieces left when I found him.

    This set ticked off a couple of boxes for me. First of all I was looking for boxed sets, for original documentation and some pieces in metals besides iron, which I really like, but I wanted some other examples of his work as I think all of mine are made of iron. A couple of early pieces acquired for my collection came in the original boxes and I put them away without testing to see what metals they were made of. So, this was a very nice find for me.

    The mother mouse was larger than I had expected it to be, it is a real chunk.

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    1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 months ago
      wonderful!!
    2. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks ho2cultcha!

      Thanks for loving my Japanese mice/ratsKevin, fortapache, PhilDMorris and ho2cultcha!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thank you valentino97, Rambojoe and Watchsearcher!
    4. Newfld Newfld, 3 months ago
      Saegusa has actually made these rats quite adorable, love those big ears and round eyes - remind me of Topo Gigio from the Ed Sullivan show :)
    5. dav2no1 dav2no1, 3 months ago
      Very cool!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks for your comments, Jenni! Yep, the cute factor is pretty high with this set!

      Thanks for your comment dav2no1! I think so too!

      Thanks for loving my Zodiac rats Thomas, dav2no1, Searching1, aura, Jenni, BHIFOS and raven3766!
    7. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 3 months ago
      Veerrrrry Nize Rat ya got there
    8. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks Vynil33rpm! I think so, too!

      Thanks for loving my zodiac rats Vynil33rpm and Alfie21!
    9. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks blunderbuss2 and Daisy1000!
    10. racer4four racer4four, 3 months ago
      I’m late to the party Kevin sorry!
      How good is he at designing! These rats are everything great about Saegusa.
      Congrats on finding them.
    11. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks for your comments, Karen. I agree, these have a much more fanciful, playful spirit than most of the work by SS that I have seen.

      Thanks for loving my Saegusa rats Eileen!
    12. Manikin Manikin, 3 months ago
      What a great set ! I love the style used in forming their shape when sculpted .
    13. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Thanks for your comments, Manikin! I think that his is my favorite SS piece because of the design. I also like that a different metal was used for each rat.

      Thanks for loving my rats!

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