Japanese rice wax candle & stand set
A gift box containing a tub of 20 Wa-rosoku (hand rolled candles), renowned for their steady burning and even flame, supplied with a black porcelain candle stand with iron spike, for holding the candles in use. Made of rice bran wax, a hard yellow wax extracted from the otherwise wasted husk and germ of rice. The wicks are made of washi paper, rolled around a rush skewer, and the body is built up by rotating this in the right hand whilst the hot wax is smoothed about the shaft with the left — a rarely practiced traditional art known as kiro-tegake-seiho — before the top is shaped and the rush removed leaving a hollow core. 80mm candles, each lasting around 40 minutes.