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.
Beautiful two piece mold of solid walnut, with an exceptionally fine carved motif of pine cones, this is an exquisite piece. The top of the mold bevels inwardly so that the sweet will be three dimensional, it is held to the bottom by two wooden pegs, and fits snugly. The mold measures 9 1/2" long by 4 3/4" wide by 1 1/4" deep, being of a dense hardwood it is heavy for the size. The mold is in good antique order with just minor age related wear to the cut surface, and 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 mold from the same estate, available in another listing.