Portable = Something you can carry in your hand.
‘The Makapansgat Pebble’ – This is not a man made item, the apparent face was formed by the sea. Possibly the earliest example of symbolic thinking or aesthetic sense in the human heritage, as the pebble was most likely brought back to the finders cave.
Netsuke – Ivory carvings form Japan, used as a toggle hooked through a belt from which hung a bag or bod for storage.
Art-O-Mat – Art-o-mat® machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art.
Levi Fisher Ames ‘Menagerie’ – Ames created a vast wooden menagerie of animals from around the world, as well as bizarre or heroic characters. Glass-fronted boxes were customized to accommodate the various-sized carvings. Hinged in the center, they open like a book to reveal the creatures within.
The American Flea Circus – Fleas are attached to miniature carts and other items, and encouraged to perform circus acts within a small housing.
Marcel Duchamp ‘Suitcases’ – Miniature versions of his own works within a suitcase.
George Maciunas ‘Flxus Box’ 1960’s – small boxes containing cards and objects designed and assembled by artists
Ozawa ‘Beyond the White Cube’ – Mini art gallery
Herbert Distell ‘Museum of Draws’ 1970 1997 – The world’s smallest museum of microscopic twentieth-century art.