Japanese Grain Measurer One-‘Sho’ Masu

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1960: Item # 1029331

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This square wooden container was used to measure grains in Japan. This particular piece was to measure one ‘sho’, which is approximately 1.5 kilogram. The measurer is made from Japanese cedar, ‘sugi’, and is beautifully crafted with iron edges. The vertical reinforcement by iron is applied alternatively on each corner and the top of the measurer is entirely defined by iron too. On the sides there are a logo, a circled ‘kyo’, which was probably the logo of the grain shop, possibly in Kyoto. Other writing are “for grain use” and “one-sho” which again means 1.5” kilogram. Ca. Early to mid 1900s. A lovely and functional Japanese mingei-folk-art item. Dimensions: 6.5” x 6.5” x 3.5”