||[Oct. 18th, 2003|01:50 am]
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.)