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Vintage Wooden Sign for Tea Room Made from Waterwhell

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Vintage Wooden Sign for Tea Room Made from Waterwhell
This is a wooden Nure- gaku (Ita- gaku) , nure means wet, ita means wood, gaku means frame , and they are signs typically hung from the eaves outside tea houses ,this one is from 1930s. It has 2 kanji characters Cha In written in the cursive style, simply means steam from tea. Because Nure gaku is usually hung outside, wooden piece is required to be resistant from weathering, this wood was taken from an old waterwheel. Many times, they are made of Funa- ita, old wood from an old boat for same reason . Wheel has wooden piece across in the wheel to paddle ,that is why there are holes in the sign. It is signed on the back. There is some wear (history ! ) on the wood, and some of the white color of kanji characters came off, it has some splits, adding pieces on the back, but it has wonderful grain and patina. Not only beautiful art piece on your wall, you can turn this into Furosaki adding foot on the bottom for your tea ceremony. It measures 33.25 W x 5.25 H and is 0 .375 " in. thick . ( 84.5 cm W x 13.3 cm H x 1cm )

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