Lacquer wooden water ladle 柄杓 (hishaku)

Price:  420,00

Beautiful large Japanese black lacquer wooden water ladle 柄杓 (hishaku) completely encrusted with sparkling mother-of-pearl 螺鈿 (raden). The container is lacquered evenly in crimson red. Such ladles are used in Japan during the chôzu ritual 手水 (water for ritually cleansing one’s hands).

Chôzu (cleansing yourself) is the customary way to clean or purify yourself before making any prayers at shrines or temples in Japan. The Chozuya is the large basin with special wooden dippers/laddles that is usually located at the entrance of shrines and temples. It is customary for visitors to purify themselves here before stepping on sacred grounds. (From matcha-jp.com).

Height 11.4 cm, Width 51.2 cm, Depth 9.4 cm.
Edo Period (1600-1868).
In a good condition with traces of age, wear and some loss of raden. An old label inside the container.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : N2580


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