Moon Festival

The Autumn Moon Festival (Mid-Autumn Festival, Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival), one of the most important Chinese celebrations, is almost as popular as Chinese New Year. It is based on the legend of Chang’e (嫦娥) the moon goddess who stole an elixir of immortality. The festival dates back 3,000 years and occurs the night of full-moon of the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar – about mid-September to early October. It’s a time for gatherings with family and friends, celebrating the harvest and giving thanks for harmonious relationships. Lanterns are symbolic beacons to light paths to prosperity and good fortune, and moon cakes are prepared, some using antique sweet confection molds.

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  • Antique/Vintage Sweetmeats Confection-Mold, China (19434DRK) $425

    H: 16.5″  W: 10.5″  D: 2.25″ CALL 213-568-3030 FOR SHIPPING

    This finely detailed hardwood mold was used to make sweetmeats confections, perhaps mooncakes for the Chinese Autumn Moon Festival. It is covered with deeply carved propitious symbols for marital harmony, sons and successful endeavors:  a four clawed dragon for fertility, two ducks symbolizing marital bliss and harmony, one atop a carp for conjugal bliss and achieving noble rank and a boat with a sail for making all this easy sailing. This would be a great accessory or gift (especially for weddings) to spice up any kitchen.

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  • SOLD Antique Moon Cake Confection Mold, China (1150LEM) $1150

    SOLD H: 18.25”  W: 9”  D: 1.875” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This intricately hand carved antique Chinese hardwood confection mold was used to create mooncakes to celebrate the Mid Autumn Moon Festival.  The five separate molds are references to the Jade Rabbit, the mythical hare residing on the moon who creates the elixir of mortality and eats Osmanthus leaves. Filled with symbolic references, it is an intriguing and beautiful piece of art.

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