Antique and vintage handmade wooden wagashi (sweet) moulds - this handsome version with two pieces and an elegant aquatic swirl carving - were once highly functional items but in recent times they've become a sought after form of sculptural art.
Kashigata are traditional, wooden confectionary moulds which come in varying sizes. Those with multiple smaller carved shapes are predominantly used for making tea ceremony sweets and larger Kashigata such as the ones we have at Zenbu Home are given as gifts, or offerings at shrine and temple altars. The wagashi (sweets) made from pressing rice flour and fine sugar into the moulds.
Commonly made from Yamazakura or Mountain Cherry wood, sometimes from Camellia or Ginko tree wood 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 far more intricately carved than others which are more streamlined. A combination of them look absolutely stunning in a large group mounted on the wall or in a small grouping sitting on a sideboard, mantle or display unit.
The carvings are often full of symbolism and popularly you'll see 'lucky/long life' Koi (carp) and turtles or seasonally representative plant, flower or nature motifs, family crests and specific festival or celebration icons with various style influences through the centuries.
Kashigata have a history of over 300 years and all of our kashigata at Zenbu Home are antique or vintage. Sadly this is a dying craft with very few kashigata artists left which means these are becoming a highly collectible art form. This piece has the artist's name is written in Kanji , with ink, on the back.
18cm long, 10.5 wide and 4cm deep (when the top piece is positioned. Each piece is 2 cm wide.
Very good - it has been well stored but has of course been used and exudes plenty of wabi sabi charm as per pics. There is a circular mark on the front edge as can be seen in the second image on the left hand side. Possibly made by the same ink used to write the maker's name.
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