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Japanese Samurai Wine / Sake Gourd “Hyotan” Lacquered Calabash Flask

Japanese Samurai Wine / Sake Gourd “Hyotan” Lacquered Calabash Flask

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Folk Art: Pre 1930: Item # 1483433

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Antique Samurai drinking vessel with red lacquer and wooden stopper in excellent condition. The hand made cord tassels complete the set.

Dark old patina due to its age enhances its historical beauty. The sake gourd was a common attribute of the Samurai, it was traditionally attached to the waist by a cord.

In Japan, gourd or "hyotan" is a symbol of good luck or success.

Symbolic belief of gourd in Japan has existed for a long time. Based on the Japanese history, Hideyoshi Toyotomi (1537–1598), one of the greatest historical samurai heroes, the battle flag of Hideoshi featured a gourd design. Every time he triumphed in a battle, he would adorn his flag with new gourd motifs. After that, this flag, also known as the "Sennaribyoutan," or "1000 gourds growing on a tree," became a well-known victory symbol.

This gourd is attached to the base.

Age: Japan, Showa Period, Early 20th Century
Size of gourd only (excluding stand): Height 36.1 C.M. / Width 17 C.M.
Height including stand: 37.1 C.M.
Condition: Nice condition overall. Please refer to the enlargement photos for more details.
Shipment: Worldwide shipping from Bangkok, Thailand at actual cost. Please e-mail us for the shipping fee.