Katatsumuri

#2839

Burl wood okimono
Edo-Meiji, 19th century
H. 16.5 cm – L: 24.5 cm – l.: 15.5 cm

The snail is a universal symbol of the moon. It also symbolizes perpetual movement and periodic regeneration. In Japan, many poets have celebrated the snail.

Little snail
Inch by inch
Climb Mt. Fuji!

Haiku of Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)

That snail –
One horn long, one short,
What’s on his mind?

Haiku Yosa Buson (1716-1783)

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