Postwar Japanese Monarch Radio in the shape of an American Indian Chief’s Head A897

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Many tiny companies went to work making transistor radios for US export in the postwar years, and almost as many went out of business. And sank without a trace. But here is a surviving trace of one such, Monarch, which decided it might be able to crack the American market with this startling carved Indian chief's head one. It ...

Jizai Okimono Articulated Copper Crab c.1900 A492

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A beautiful example of late Meiji craftsmanship, this copper crab is a miniature amazement, its close observation of the natural world stunningly distilled, its articulated joints lending a sense of life. It's a particular joy to hold in one's hand. Measures 5'' sideways, which is how one measures a crab. The manufacture of articulated metal animals ...

Yoshijiro “Mokuchu” Urushibara, woodblock print, Camellias Dark Background P445

Urushibara Mokuchu (漆原木虫) (1888-1953), given name Yoshijirô, was a Japanese print maker known for his many black-and-white prints of horses. He lived in Europe for many years, and exhibited in the United States after World War II. Urushibara Yoshijirô was born in Tokyo in 1888 and studied mokuhan as a young man. In 1908, aged nineteen, ...