This stunning chest is a rare 2 part kaidandansu (stairstep). These tansu were for storage of linens, pillows and bedding as well as providing access to the upper floor of a rural home. The combination of hinoki (cypress) beams and face, sugi (cryptomeria) case and interior and keyaki (elm) drawer faces showcase the craftsmanship of Japanese woodworking. It has hand forged iron hirute (leech) style drawer pulls.
69” wide, 83” high and 24” deep - Meiji period circa 1890