Japanese war art. Bronze sculpture by Haneda Sennen (羽田千年), titled, ‘Grenade’ c.1941. A very rare photograph of this powerful, WWII, ‘heroic' or yamato damashi (Japanese 'spirit')-influenced propaganda piece for the 'Great East Asia War' (dai toa asia senso).  The sculpture was probably melted down (like many others) in 1944 or 1945, when there was a desperate shortage of metal for armaments production and the Japanese began the manufacture of ‘last ditch’ ceramic grenades (some by famous potters such as Kaneshige Toyo). Photo: Author’s collection (digitally restored). 

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