Vintage Made in Japan Novelty Ashtray - Visual Pun - Two Butt Horse or Donkey - Redware - Victoria Ceramics

$16.00

This novelty ashtray, made in Japan for Victoria Ceramics, is pretty nifty but kind of weird too - I marvel a bit at the humor of the past. So it is a horse or donkey with two butts (that's the visual pun because the ashtray will hold two cigarettes, and the horse also has two asses) with two tails and four rear legs. Continuing the joke it has some joke language (presumably offensively mocking some ethnic group) which reads:

"Vy izz der zo meny mor orziz azzis dender iz orziz?"

Which actually translates to:

"Why is there so many more horses asses than there is horses?"

My guess is that this was someone's gag line somewhere at sometime. If anyone knows more than I do - please message me - I would love to know more!

It is made of redware (red clay ceramics) with a brown glaze, and some painted details. It still has two thirds of its original sticker on it from Victoria Ceramics, a company that imported ceramics from Japan mostly in the fifties and sixties for the tourist trade.

CONDITION: Very good condition with no chips, nicks, or cracks. There is some crazing in the glaze (normal for the age and type of ceramics) and the painted accents are worn in places. There are some imperfections in the glaze from the time of manufacture.

SIZE: 5 inches long and about 3 1/4 inches tall.

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