Lovely small box for carrying lunch. On a system of shelves that open to the front and the sides (‘hinges’ are in the back), five boxes and three trays are stacked. The frame box and two of the inside boxes a covered in a clear lacquer finish that shows the beautiful wood grain. Three boxes covered in red, ochre and black lacquer. The trays are decorated in gold lacquer over red; the bottoms in black lacquer. The vertical posts decorated with karakusa in painted gold lacquer. Handle on top in patinated brass. Height 7; width 7 ¾; deep 4 1/8 inches (17,5 x 19,7 x 10,5 cm). Japan, Meiji period. Some careful restorations (old breaks glued, lost part replaced) one shelf slightly warped as are the covers of the boxes and the trays, upper right shelve glued back to the frame, some splits at the seams of boxes, some of gold lacquer rubbed, but generally good condition. Comes with plain tomobako.
Ex coll. Ide Takashi
Exhibited: Machida City Museum, "Bentobako" (Bento boxes), 1985.9.10--10.20