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蚊取豚 [Oct. 18th, 2003|01:50 am]
susan smitten

Katoributa ("mosquito-taking pig") is the form that a Japanese insectide incense burner takes. It is the most invisible of pervasive cultural elements in Japan. No one seems to know how long the katoributa has been iconic, but it dwells in nearly every Japanese home. The form belongs to no trademark, and thus there are many variations. However, most features remain constant: the wide open mouth, the rope handle for hanging and carrying.

This ashtray is a miniature version. The spiral pattern imitates the shape of the incense coil that is burned inside of it.

What would you pay for this, if you were a collector of pig figurines who didn't live in Japan? (Assume shipping to be less than $10.)

[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2003-10-17 12:18 pm (UTC)

Pigcense burner

$5 as a knickknack. $10 if advertised as anti-pest, as long as the anti-insect coils were readily available...

plus shipping.

I'm sure if neiman's sold it it would be $75 as a "quaint japanese item" and it would be $1 if near the MX border or a coast, because imports of such things are really cheap. If it were "Hand Crafted" it would be worth double, or if "hand crafted in the USA" maybe triple.

Not suggesting that anyone would lie about the origins... just a point.
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[User Picture]From: culturalomnivor
2003-10-17 01:22 pm (UTC)
it's an incense burner ashtray?
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[User Picture]From: frootijen
2003-10-17 09:36 pm (UTC)
100 yen...what is it to the dollar now? I remember when I was a kid, we were getting 280 yen to the dollar. That was about 20 some odd years ago.

I would pay no more than $5-$10 for it.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2003-10-18 12:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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