Wood Kobako by Takai Tairei
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All Items: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1970: item # 1162550
Kawakami 2891-4 Yufuin-cho
Yufu-shi, Oita-ken 879-5102 Japan
This refined kobako (small box) was made by a renowned master craftsman named Takai Tairei (1880-1971), pupil of Ikeda Taishi (1825-1903). The box is decorated with carved “sora mame” (broad beans) in lacquer and gold on the cover, and azuki beans, in red lacquer, on the cover inside the box. It is amazingly light and is a great example of the level of mastery of its maker, and the degree of sophistication of that noble Japanese craft.
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The box is in very good condition. It shows a little wear in two places, on the edge of the bottom of the box (see picture 3 on the right inside of the box).
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