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Antique Japanese Meiji Era C1890 Sugi Wood Suzuribako Calligraphy Tansu

Antique Japanese Meiji Era C1890 Sugi Wood Suzuribako Calligraphy Tansu

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antique Japanese suzuribako from the mid Meiji Era (c. 1890's). This (portable calligraphy tansu) has three drawers and a lidded top section, made of solid Sugi wood (cryptomeria). The metal hardware is hand forged iron. Suzuribako were used as portable accounting chests (the forerunner of the attaché' case). 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 suzuri (ink stone) with brushes. The lidded top swings open to reveal the area where the ink stone was once housed. The lidded top opens by pushing a side button and simultaneously pulling the top handle toward the button and at the same time pulling the top handle toward it. It closes securely when the lid is closed . The top handle is still 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 7" wide by 7 3/4" tall by 9 3/4" 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. Please enjoy the enlarged pictures to get a full appreciation of the fine wood and its century old original patina.

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