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Antique Japanese Edo Era c1780 Lacquer Sugi Wood Suzuribako Calligraphy Tansu 14"

Antique Japanese Edo Era c1780 Lacquer Sugi Wood Suzuribako Calligraphy Tansu 14"

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Antique Japanese suzuribako from the Edo Era (c. 1780's). This 18th century portable calligraphy tansu has three drawers and a lidded top section, made of solid Sugi wood (cryptomeria). It is finished in the original dark lacquer made up of over 10 coats of tinted urushi lacquer that has worn through in areas and the heavy patina from the centuries is clearly visible. The metal hardware is hand forged iron. Suzuribako were used as portable accounting chests (the forerunner of the attaché case). This one included a coin slot that a merchant would have used. Also known as a calligraphy chest as it housed an ink stone (suzuri), brushes, ink stick, and paper. 

Wood pin construction can be seen in the photos. This chest was used to hold calligraphy and writing materials, as well as, money and valuables. The lidded top section was used for the storage and use of ink stone brushes. The lid opens by pushing the side button and simultaneously pulling up on the top handle. It closes securely and handle is  very secure and provides a convenient way to transport this chest. All drawers open and close smoothly. The double hinged lidded top swings open and closes easily. Along with a century old warm patina this chest remains in  fine original antique condition.

This tansu chest measures 14" wide by 9" tall by 8" deep (17.5 x 19.5 x 25 cm). A very warm accent for your home or office. Great to hold pens, as well as, remote controls for the TV and stereo.

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