Antique Japanese wooden clappers (hyoshigi). Wooden sticks like these have been used for centuries in Japan to provide aural effect during drama and music performances as well as to gather attention for public announcements. Up until the middle of the 20th century it was not uncommon to hear the sound of clappers at evening in neighborhoods throughout Japan, as volunteers walked the streets striking the clappers and announcing in a song-like voice to beware the dangers of fire. Evenings were considered especially dangerous times as people used fire to prepare their meal and to heat the water in the bathtub. These authentic old clappers are in fair to good condition though understandably they have many wood dents, scratches and wear from past use. The clappers are connected by a length of woven string. Despite their age the clappers work very well when struck, producing a unique and distinctly Japanese sound. This very special artifact of Japanese culture dates from the mid Showa period (1926-1989) or earlier and was acquired in the historic city of Shizuoka, near the foot of Mt. Fuji.
Length: 9.0 inches (23.0 centimeters)
Weight: 15.2 ounces (434 grams)
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item code: R1S5-0004455
ship code: G3