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A tiger decorates the side of this cup made by Clifton Karhu enclosed in the original signed wooden box decorated on all sides with a tiger, and inside with a self portrait of the artist at work. It is 2-1/2 inches (7 cm) tall, roughly the same diameter, and in excellent condition.
Clifton Karhu (1927-2007) had his first introduction to Japanese living stationed in Sasebo during the occupation from 1946 to 1948, and returned not long after graduating the Minneapolis Art University to spend many years as a missionary before he took up art as his modicum. Although he had participated in painting exhibitions, it was after his move to Kyoto in 1963 that he began working with woodblocks, for which he is most remembered. There he would remain, for nearly half a century, creating some of the most quintessential and recognizable prints of the 20th century.