Cast iron wind chime (fuurin) - awa odori dancers hat
A traditional Japanese wind chime, fuurin, in the shape of a straw hat usually worn by awa odori dancers, with a temple bell attached below. These chimes are traditionally used during summer- their sound is suppose to bring refreshment during hot and humid season.
It is a Nanbu ironware, traditional cast iron item from Iwate prefecture.
The design is unique and eye-catching. Awa odori is a traditional dance festival from Tokushima region; the sides of the hat are decorated with reliefs showing distinctive outfits and poses of the participants. The hat is a decoration; the bell hanging below is the one that makes the sound. Despite the small size it produces distinctive clear notes. The original paper strip, propelling the chime, is included. The chime comes with its original cardboard box.
The surface of the chime was artificially oxidized, to produce the green color.
The strings are made of cotton and synthetic fibers.
The item is in a great shape, but the heart shows some corrosion due to the age of the item. It does not affect the functionality of the item.
Hat ca 7x12x6.5cm
Bell ca 4.5x4cm
Paper strip size 4.5x24.5cm
Total length 45cm
*To the Customers from USA, Canada, UK: Due to the size and/or the weight of the item, it will be shipped as a naval mail. EMS (express airmail) shipping is available with an additional fee.
Depending on the changes in postal restrictions, this statement might also apply to the orders from other countries.