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    Posted 2 years ago

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    Japanese Dorodango Balls

    Dorodango is a Japanese art form in which earth and water are molded to create a delicate shiny sphere, resembling a billiard ball.

    I found these a few months ago at a large estate sale. It was the estate of an antique dealer who operated in the late 60s to early 70s. Of the things that we bought there, the range seem to be from 1800 to about 1960s.

    These were in the bottom of a box with other miscellaneous items. When I first saw them I thought they were civil war cannon balls. Once I picked them up I quickly realized they were not metal. Next I was thinking that they were fake fruit, but that thought quickly changed. I bought them anyway thinking that they were something special.

    I was doing research and stumbled across the dorodango information.

    Both spheres show signs of a shiny exterior. But they look like they were exposed to direct sunlight or the elements on 1/2 of their bodies. They're larger than some I've seen but they can be made in any size. And they are not perfectly round anymore. My theory is they are old and were exposed to harsh elements and possibly shrunk some?

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    1. KMorrow36 KMorrow36, 2 years ago
      Is that ever cool, I had never heard of these before. Since they are 'just' balls of dry clay, I can imagine them aging badly without proper care. Not something you could get refinished!
    2. dav2no1 dav2no1, 2 years ago
      Thanks! Do a search for them. There are some amazing examples I've seen. It sounds like a cool project and I'm going to attempt my own version.
    3. hotairfan hotairfan, 5 months ago
      These are new to me. I never saw or heard of them before. Thank you for posting. They're great unusual item.
    4. dav2no1 dav2no1, 5 months ago
      Thank you for the comments...I learn something new here all the time.
    5. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 months ago

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