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Rabbit Under Moon Shippo Ware Slim Pen Tray

Sale price$40.00 USD

This slim pen tray, depicting rabbits gazing at the moon against a background reminiscent of a moonlit night, is a traditional Japanese craft known as Shippo ware (Japanese cloisonne). Each design is meticulously hand-painted with glassy enamel on copper and fired at a high temperature of around 800 degrees, resulting in colors that are more vivid than those of ceramics. Because it is made from glass, the colors and patterns never fade, allowing it to be passed down from generation to generation.

The tray is sized to comfortably hold two pens with some space to spare, making it perfect for adding a touch of Japanese elegance and vibrancy to your desk.

In Japan, the craters on the moon are said to resemble a rabbit, and thus, stories often depict rabbits living on the moon. This tray features a design inspired by that imagery, with two rabbits gazing romantically at the moon where a rabbit is said to reside. Additionally, both the moon and rabbits are considered auspicious symbols. The Japanese word for moon, "Tsuki," sounds like the word for good fortune. Rabbits, seen as symbols of spring and new beginnings, are believed to bring good luck as they awaken from hibernation and hop around energetically. If you are looking for a gift for someone who appreciates artisanship, Japanese tradition, stationery, or journaling, I highly recommend this tray.

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  • Brand: Saikosha
  • Quantity: 1 pen tray
  • Size: 2.3×7.9inches/ 5.8×20cm
  • Weight:  4.4oz / 125g
  • Material: Glass on Copper
  • Note: Each piece is uniquely handmade, so expect some individual differences.

Japanese Art of Copper and Glass by Saikosha

Saikosha, the largest kiln producing Shippo ware in Japan, has made significant contributions to the long history of Shippo ware, which dates back to the 6th or 7th century. Their mission is to "continuously challenge the spirit of bringing tradition to life in the modern era." Despite the gradual decline in demand for traditional crafts, they strive to preserve the beauty of Shippo ware for contemporary times. They create various items, including vases, plates, pen trays, and accessories, that are cherished by modern audiences.

Compared to other famous traditional crafts like Wajima lacquerware, Shippo ware has become less well-known in Japan. However, its vivid colors and unfading beauty, achieved through its glass enamel, have garnered a dedicated following, and it is often sold in high-end department stores. We invite you to enjoy this beauty in your country, right on your desk.

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Rabbit Under Moon Shippo Ware Slim Pen Tray Sale price$40.00 USD