307. A Knotted Calabash

Japan, 19th century
Size: 28 cm high

from

JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s
Alchemical toy-cupboard

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The species originated in South Africa, and then through trade sprouted throughout the world. In China they were used to carry medicines, to which they gave added potency. In Japan the calabashes themselves were often endowed with surprising elegance.