The history of "Hato-Bue" dates to the Edo period when the local daimyo was building a fortified keep. The kiln, made to fire roofing tiles for his castle, was given to the village where it was located when its main job was fulfilled. From tiling to earthenware to whistles! That was the change in use of this sloping kiln's output.
Locals believed that various deseases came from a wide range of outside influences. Hysteria in children was thought to coe from an evil spirit that was easily frightened by noise. so, of course, one encouraged children to play noisily and what better noise maker than a brightly colored whistles. See Amaury Saint-Gilles. "Mingei: Japan's Enduring Folk Arts". Tuttle Publishing, Tokyo (1990). pp 192-193.
|Item Condition||Pre-owned. Good condition.|
|Theme||Japanese Folk Crafts|
|Craft Media||Wood Carving|
|Original Box/Packaging||Not included.|
|Measure 1||Dimensions: 2.25" (height) x 3" (length) x 1.5" (width)|
|Total Weight||1 oz|