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Japanese Vintage Urushi Bentwood Food Container

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1940: Item # 1259109

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Denenchofu, Otaku
Tokyo, Japan 145-0071

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A round box with a lid made of bentwood (mage-mono or mage-wappa) and coated with urushi. The technique called "mage-mono or mage-wappa" is bending thin wood board such as Japanese cedar or Japanese cypress and bound with bark strips of the cherry tree or bamboo. This box has beautiful pattern of bark strips of the cherry tree which are binding the boards. It was used as a food container (bento-bako) when farmers went to fields. It has three parts, a lid, a round tray and a body. It is from Shonai region in Yamagata prefecture in Tohoku district. In good condition but has some chips on the rim of the lid. 19th or early 20th century Diameter:25.5cm H:21.5cm