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Subject:Help reading these asian charcters and what this object is
Posted By: John Wed, Apr 11, 2018 IP: 2607:fb90:3223:90b4:

I was wondering what this kight be used for and its, age or origin. I originally thought this was an old fishing net merker but after researching i do not think it is. Any help like always is appreciated.







Subject:Re: Help reading these asian charcters and what this object is
Posted By: I.Nagy Thu, Apr 12, 2018

Readings,
乄池田  - Shime Ikeda
乄綿本 - Shime Watamoto
乄小 - Shime Ko
The 乄 (shime) is an auxiliary character (補助漢字)with the meaning something like "close/closing". In case of foods eg. edible kelp or sushi refers to something that's pickled (昆布乄、乄鯖).
Therefore, in my opinion this wooden object could have been a part of some picling device for edible kelp (konbu)
The inscription possibly were the brand names of konbus - if I am right.

With regards,
I.Nagy



Subject:Re: Help reading these asian charcters and what this object is
Posted By: John Alden Fri, Apr 13, 2018

Thank you ! I should of posted a picture of the bottom as it has a hole the same size of the top which goes straight through. It seems maybe a rope or string could have been placed through this.


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