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17A222 Kashigata Cake Mold Hyotan Gourd

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Item#:
17A222
Material: Wood
Age: Late Showa period (1940's-present)
H: 2.00 inches, W: 4.25 inches, D: 5.88 inches
Price: $75.00
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Product Description

This wonderful kashigata is a cake mold, which are hand carved from wood and comes in various shapes. This particular piece is shaped as a Hyotan, Gourd which is very auspicious.

The wood for Kashigata is Sakura, cherry blossom tree because it is strong with moisture which is used a lot in the ingredients to make Japanese sweets.

To make this Kashigata, the wood is dried for 5 years to prevent cracking.  Mixtures of sugar and soy flour are pressed into it and allowed to dry. The sweets, called kashi, were sold in confectionery stores and made for special occasions. The molds are crafted by only a few craftsman these days and are an interesting and beautiful piece of old Japan.  They are quite collectible and are one-of-a-kind works of art. There are some wear along the edge.

It measures that W 11, D 15, H 5.5 cm (W 4.25, D 5.875, H 2 inches)