Tea Set 1:2 Tenmoku/Brown Dragonfly


Tombo (dragonflies) are considered lucky insects in Japan. Historically, they have been linked in both name and shape to the old kingdom of Yamato.  The outline of the tombo's body roughly represents the outline of the archipelago of Japan, and at one time, the tombo was the symbol of the country. During the Bushi (Samurai) Era, tombo symbolized victory, as their quick movement and ability to catch their prey mid-air led to their being called "kachi-mushi" or "winning bug".  Tombo designs adorned many types of clothing worn by men until the end of the Tokugawa era, when the bushi class was dissolved. Seasonally, dragonflies are symbols of late summer and early autumn.  They are often used in Japanese art and literature, especially haiku.  There are over 160 different types of tombo in Japan. 
4-1/2" diameter by 5-3/8" height; 28 ounces capacity.

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  • Model: 110-555

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 05 November, 2009.

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