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Head box, bentwood, Japan, Edo period

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1800: Item # 362519

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Cylindrical box with cover, made of bent wood, the seams stitched with bark or other fiber. The wood is covered with a very dark brown or black finish. Height 8 ¾ in. (23.1 cm); diameter 9 7/8 in. (25.4 cm). Some worm damage, edges strongly rubbed here and there, the original finish crackled and brittle. Edo period, 18th century.
Purportedly this box was used to transport severed heads from the battle field back to the families or to the person who was interested in seeing the man or woman dead. Or perhaps it was used to keep the severed head at the execution grounds.