One of two large antique (I estimate from the very early 1900's) Japanese carved wooden Kashigata molds with the original covers from a recent estate sale; these are quite the loveliest and most detailed I have ever had, see my other listings for the second. The molds are used to form a sweet rice cake, used as part of the tea ceremony and also as offerings. The wood is normally seasoned for five years before carving, the work is extremely detailed and quite stunning.
This is a beautiful two piece mold, I think the top is pine and the base a blonde hardwood, with an exceptionally detailed motif of a stylized fish, an exquisite piece of carving. The top of the mold bevels inwardly so that the sweet when formed will be three dimensional, it is held to the bottom by two metal pegs, and fits reasonably with just slight warp distortion. The mold measures 9" long by 3 3/4" wide by 1 1/2" deep, being of a dense wood it is heavy for the size. The mold is in good antique order, there is an old repaired crack through lid (see photos), this is entirely stable and not at all distracting, I have adjusted the price to reflect this slight issue. The cut surface is very crisp, there is some minor discoloration and aging to the wood, it displays beautifully and would be a wonderful addition to a collection. In the final photo the mold is shown alongside the second Kashigata mold from the same estate, available in another listing.