This is very interesting souvenir from Japan and makes a unique and special Wedding gift.
This pair of hand painted Japanese clam shells are a remake of a game called Kai awase, that Japanese women in the court played with during the Heian period. (794-1185 A.D.)
The game consists of up to 180 pairs of shells that they would mix up and spread into the form of a fan. The game is played similar to the card game called Concentration or Memory Game where when a matching pair are identified, they are removed from the playing field.
The paintings in the shells depict people living well, nature scenes and valued items, etc.
The Women also believed the shells were beneficial to a happy married life because each shell only has one partner.
The shells measure about 3-1/4 inches wide and 2-3/4" tall
The back of each shell is au natural and is beautifully polished.
Comes in it's original box with an explanation sheet in English and Japanese.
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