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Charlois Fund - Acquisition

Hand carved wood sign figuring a sake barrel

12 December 2019

This hand carved wood sign dating from the first quarter of the 20th century figures a sake barrel. This kind of barrel made of cedar wrapped with straw mat is called komodaru. It was intended for transport and are still often offered to Shinto shrine.


Japanese excel in the art of cooperage since the Kamakura period (1185-1333). Komodaru have been created recently during the Edo period (1600-1868).


The wood sign is marked Fukumusume which means “lucky girl”. This name is undoubtedly linked to the sake brewery Fukumusume still operating its production in Kobe.

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