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Item Buddhist Symbols Double Figure Vintage Kashigata Hagashi Sweets Mold
Hand Carved Japanese Yew Wood

Lotus Flower (hasu) and Lotus Pod w/ Seeds. The Lotus is One of the 8 Buddhist Auspicious Symbols That Signifies "Mental and Spiritual Purity"

Natural Kakishibu (fermented juice of unripened persimmons) has been applied on the wood to sterilize and preserve.
Early 1900s
Length - 10 inches, 25.5 cm
Length - 10 inches, 25.5 cm
Width - 3.4 inches, 9.5 cm
Height - 1.2 inches, 3.0 cm
Weight - 14 oz, 409 g
Good condition.
Comment Higashi, one of several types of Japanese wagasi confectioneries, are made from glutinous rice flour, sugar and starch mixed together then pressed into these wooden kigata molds to form traditional dry sweets.

As is the case with many traditions in Japan, wagasi (sweets) are not as simple as they seem to the casual eye. Here's is a wonderful explanation detailing the complexity of these delicious treats.

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