Japanese Meiji Sagemono Wood Tobacco Pipe Set Tonkotsu
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: Item # 965618
P.O. Box 65647
Tucson, AZ 85728
Japanese sagemono (hanging object) tobacco pipe set consisting of a wood kiserutsuzu (pipe holder), kiseru (pipe), and wood tonkotsu (tobacco box) in the form of a humorous yawning Daruma with arms overhead grasping the two cords with his fists. The cords hold an ojime (sliding bead), which is attached to the pipe holder. Daruma’s body is kiri (pawlonia) wood and his eyes are inlaid with mother of pearl. His face lifts and functions as a cover for the tobacco box. A badger (tanuki) standing and holding a staff is carved into the pipe holder. Meiji period (19th century). Tobacco box: 4"H, pipe holder: 8"L, pipe: 7 1/2"L. Very good overall condition. This set was acquired from an old Tucson estate.