With a 300 year old history, all of our selected Kashigata or wagashi (sweet) moulds, are antique or vintage and handmade from various woods. This example features series of carvings featuring beautiful Chrysanthemum blooms and leaves. Once highly functional items, sadly this is a dying craft making them a highly collectible art form. In recent times these older forms of traditional Kashigata have become a sought after form of sculptural art.
Kashigata confectionary moulds come in varying sizes. Those with multiple smaller carved shapes are predominantly used for making tea ceremony sweets and larger Kashigata produce sweet offerings for gifting at special celebrations, shrines and altars. This style of wagashi made by pressing a mixture of rice flour and fine sugar into the carvings.
Commonly made from wood of the Yamazakura or Mountain Cherry , sometimes from Camellia or Ginko and more rarely from others - kashigata were hand-carved by artisans who spent a lifetime perfecting their craft. The wood was commonly aged for several years before carving.
Some Kashigata are intricate while others are streamlined and a combination looks absolutely stunning mounted on the wall or sitting on a sideboard, mantle or display unit.
The Chrysanthemum, or Kiku in Japanese, exists as a ubiquitous symbol in the country's culture and holds a special reverence as it features, in its 16-petal form, as the Imperial Seal of Japan. It is also found on coins, numerous family crests, kimono fabrics, in art and so on. Considered an autumnal flower, it is generally associated with longevity and rejuvenation.
37 cm long x approx. 7 cm wide x almost 2.5 cm deep as presented in a 'paddle' configuration
Full of wabi sabi character as per the pictures, this kashigata displays signs of frequent use by the wagashi maker, evidence of which shows that the particular design of this mould was popular and thus well used by the artisan.
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