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Japanese Antique Hand Carved Wood Usu Mochi Mallet

$156 Asking Price

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Fresh find from our recent Japanese Acquisitions Travels Seldom available, this Japanese old hand carved wood USU mallet -kine- was used through out Japan to mash rice or millet. The most common use of an usu is to pound cooked white rice into a very sticky mass in order to produce mochi. It is still frequently used in Japan in traditional restaurants and also sometimes in traditional, rural, or wealthier private households. Especially around New Year they are used by companies and organizations to make mochi together and distribute it to the employees to strengthen the group spirit. This is a great hand carved one measuring 39.5 inches in length and with a 9 inch head tenoned to the handle. It is an historic gem and the only work of art of its kind we have recently seen. This dates to the Meiji period, circa 1900. Provenance: Private Japanese Otsu collection. About Japanese Art of Usu An usu is a large Japanese stamp mill with a pestle called kine used to pound rice or millet. The usu is usually about one meter high and is usually made of wood or stone. The kine is a long wooden mallet with a length exceeding one meter. The usu is usually operated by two people at the same time. One person swings the kine to pound the rice in a similar motion to chopping wood. It is physically demanding work and is usually done by men who often chant to keep time. Between each swing, another person puts his hand in the bowl to turn the rice. Timing is critical for safe operation of the usu. Lifetime guarantee of authenticity. All our Asian works of art are accompanied by our lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 39.5 in. (100.33 cm)Width: 9 in. (22.86 cm)Depth: 4 in. (10.16 cm)
  • Style
    Meiji (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1900
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    South Burlington, VT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1289216176622

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