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Edo Period Tokyo Style Wooden Toothpicks

Edo Period Tokyo Style Wooden Toothpicks

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1960: Item # 1330414

Please refer to our stock # 2014-12A128 when inquiring.
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A display and history of toothpick styles used in Tokyo during the Edo period and ending in the Meiji period. This grouping of toothpicks were produced by the "Rain Castle" manufacturer, and the artist is Morikoke. The wood used to make these different shapes is chromoji. Samurai were involved in their production during this time era. Shapes are eel, lucky shape, gun, kiseru, knife, pine and plum. In additional there are examples of chop sticks for the formal tea ceremony.

The toothpicks are attached to a felt like fabric. They are displayed behind a glass pane in a black lacquered frame. The frame has much loss and chipping of lacquer.
Frame Dimensions: 37 5/8" x 12 1/4"
Toothpicks Range in Size from 3 5/8" - 4"
Weight: 5 pounds 12 ounces