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    Posted 2 months ago

    jmkeene2021
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    This little curio has been in the family since I was an infant. I'm surprised it survived! I remember glancing into it, as a toddler, wondering & wishing (thinking it was similar to a wishing well). It appears to be made of a type of hardened plastic, and I'm sure it's early 1950's. Anyone ever see one with "hand carved" looking detail?

    SOLVED! It's an example of a Japanese anabori Netsuke clamshell diorama, as suggested in the first comment.

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    1. dav2no1 dav2no1, 2 months ago
      Interesting...Japanese carved celluiod...try searching..anabori Netsuke clamshell diorama and go from there
    2. jmkeene2021 jmkeene2021, 2 months ago
      @dav2no1 - I do believe you nailed it, sir! I found several similar, and I'm fairly certain some small figures had gone missing from ours over the decades, and, that's apparent, looking at other examples. I wasn't sure this one would get solved, but you've obviously done just that.

      Many thanks!
      Joe
    3. dav2no1 dav2no1, 2 months ago
      You're welcome. I wanted to point you in the proper direction and let you research and discover for yourself since there was multiple examples. It's part of the fun and frustrations if collecting!

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