Hina Matsuri Hibachi Dougu

These accessories are called dougu in Japanese and include ceremonial items such as trays and offering stands as well as practical items such as furniture and tableware. High quality dougu are often very well made with fine craftsmanship and wood joinery and expert lacquerwork possibly decorated with  detailed  maki-e finish.

Shown are two (2) rare and elegant miniature Japanese Hibachi from the Showa period (1920-1940). Hibachi consists of a round, cylindrical or a box-shaped open-topped container, made from or lined with a heatproof material such as copper. Commonly, a deep layer of ash would build up and then coals were placed in the center of the piece for heating.

Traditional hibachi can be very attractive objects in themselves and found in many forms and size including “built in”. Hibachi (portable charcoal brazier) were originally used mainly by the samurai classes and aristocrats, but gradually, use spread among ordinary people for multiple heating purposes, and for portable stoves for cooking and keeping water hot for tea. Being a traditional household item, we also find them miniaturized in the form of Hina Doll furniture.

This particular pair is exceptional and rarely seen having both a copper lining and the original brasshibashi, which are metal chopsticks used to handle charcoal. The two hibachi are made of wood and finished in black lacquer with gold ornamentation that is in excellent condition. A great pair for the Hina doll furniture collector. Dimensions: 2-¾”dia x 1-¾”h.

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