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    Posted 11 days ago

    kwqd
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    This little ashtray is 4" long x 2.75" wide x .5" high and has Japanese text on the bottom. I have been looking to expand the representation of metal objects in my Japanese art collection and as a result have been looking for something in cast aluminum since that seems to have been a popular medium for post WWII Japan. I came across this little guy which is on the small side but I found the design components striking and have not seen anything else like it. Guessing maybe 1960s-1980s..... I am not a huge fan of aluminum but this piece looked like aluminum dressed up to look like cast iron which made it more palatable. When I received it, I was surprised to find it is actually cast iron which really impressed me as this is a very fine casting. I have not tried to decipher the text on the bottom, yet.

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 11 days ago
      Pretty fish design, nice ashtray
    2. kwqd kwqd, 11 days ago
      Thanks for your comment Jenni! It is a bit of an odball. Not sure if it is meant to look Deco...

      Thanks for loving my fishy ashtray Kevin, Jenni, jscott0363, fortapache, AnythingObscure and dav2no1!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 11 days ago
      Thanks for loving my weird fish ashtray ho2cultcha!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 10 days ago
      Thank you Thomas!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 9 days ago
      Thanks for taking a look at my ashtray PhilDMorris!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 7 days ago
      Update on this one in the description....
    7. kwqd kwqd, 7 days ago
      Thanks Vynil33rpm!
    8. kwqd kwqd, 7 days ago
      Thanks Sean68!
    9. kwqd kwqd, 7 days ago
      Thank you mcheconi!

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