Vintage Japanese Calabash, Bottle Gourd

Sale price$175.00
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Dimensions: 3-1/2 h

Offered is a vintage hand-finished and polished Hiotan gourd container used to transport medicinal items or incense body powders. It demonstrates beautiful Japanese artistry and functional natural gourd design with its original bone plug. Calabash containers were attached to a cord to prevent them from falling and firmly positioned on top of the sash. Powdered incense was considered "cleansing" (Kurenjingu) and was used on the palms, head, and body. Such containers are solely designed to keep the powder fresh and dispense just the right amount at the desires of the carrier. 

Along with glorious statues, ritual objects, and religious texts and scholarship, incense is deeply connected to the brain, especially to memories, so making a habit of using incense during meditating or when in a stressful situation is an excellent way to get into the right headspace.

Condition: Excellent condition and beautiful Japanese artistry and functional design. Retains the original craft/workmanship, with no discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage.