BARBAR “Tai” Sea Bream Plate (Small/Medium)
"Engimono 縁起物", is usually translated into English as charms, are auspicious bearers of good luck. Stories from the Asian mainland, oral traditions and superstitions, legends from myth. Their origins are as varied as their shapes, but each has found its place in Japanese culture and custom, a messenger of happiness deeply rooted in the past and present.
Medium: W23.5x D13.5x H2cm
The sea bream, or “tai”, has long been considered an auspicious fish in Japan. It is a pun on the word “omede-tai”, which means “joyous” or “deserving of celebration. ” Also known for its ceremonial place in ritual and gift-giving, a whole sea bream, from head to tail, is an integral part of any celebration. Its bright red color, fine shape, rarity, and delicious taste are other reasons for its popularity as a good luck charm.This lucky plate plays off another motif of “kinkato”, a sugar confectionary and gift since the Edo period, which is often shaped as a sea bream. Sugar was considered extremely valuable during Japan’s period of isolation since Nagasaki was the only port through which it could be imported. “Kinkato” was an expensive treat, made by melting and pouring sugar into a wooden mold.