Vintage Chinese rice cake molds, c1930
Hummingbear Vintage features unique (often whimsical) vintage and antique decorative items from various parts of the world.
This is a lovely, original pair of Chinese wood molds, used typically for making rice cakes or cookies. The molds are often featured during festivals such as the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration when they are used to shape sticky "Mooncakes" (symbolic of a rich, sweet life as well as peace and harmony!)
These particular molds, dating to around the 1930s, feature Lotus flower designs (symbolizing abundance and longevity). The larger one measures approximately 10.5" long x 4" wide x 0.75" deep. The smaller one is approximately 9" long x 3.5" wide x 1" deep. They were hand-carved from thick wood and are paddle-shaped with a small "handle" at one end. Both molds are in good condition with some surface wear consistent with age and use, mostly around the edges. There are scattered scrapes and scratches and some light staining. Structurally the molds are very solid with no cracks or repairs. The carved designs remain strong and distinct and the molds overall have a wonderfully mottled patina and organic feel to them. (See photos for best understanding of condition.)
You see a fair number of these molds being reproduced but it is becoming increasingly hard to find the originals! These are some of the nicest I have seen and would make a great addition to any collection of Asian, primitive or folk art. In addition to being beautiful decorative items, the molds can also be put to good use holding jewelry, for example, serving nuts or organizing sundry desk supplies!
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