307 • A Knotted Calabash

307 • A Knotted Calabash

Japan, 19th century
Size: 28 cm high

from
JEAN-CLAUDE CIANCIMINO’s
Alchemical toy-cupboard

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.