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A kaishi-ire is a pouch used during the Japanese tea ceremony to hold "kaishi" (paper) onto which sweets are placed. This particular pouch, which dates from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century (Meiji-Taisho periods) is bigger than most and could also have been used as a wallet, complete with a mirror. On the back of that mirror, along with markings, two turtles are depicted climbing a mound by a brook. The large carved character is read "kotobuki" (long life), a concept often associated with turtles in the Asian folklore.
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The kaishi-ire shows innocent marks of its age but is in overall good condition. Please look at the pictures for detailed views.
Dimensions: 12.9 x 8.9 cm (5.2 x 3.6 in), weight 177g (6.2 oz)
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