Replica bonito shaver of Edward Sylvester Morse's collection from Japan (Peabody Museum of Salem, USA). Wood: castor aralia, Out of stock now
Edward Sylvester Morse (1838-1925) was an American zoologist and orientalist. In 1877 Morse visited Japan in search of coastal brachiopods. His visit turned into a three year stay when he was offered a post at the University of Tokyo. He went on to recommend several fellow Americans as o-yatoi gaikokujin (hired foreigners) to support the modernization of the Meiji-era. He opened the study in archaeology and anthropology in Japan, by the discovery of the Omori shell mound, and his research on material culture.
While in Japan, he authored a book on Japanese homes and their surroundings illustrated with his own line drawings. He also made a collection of over 5,000 pieces of Japanese pottery and others.