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Large Japanese Nagamochi (wheeled trunk), Edo Period

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Furniture: Pre 1900: Item # 1331128
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Antique Japanese nagamochi karuma, storage trunk on wheels, made of kiri (paulownia) and sugi (cryptomeria) woods with iron hardware. A large, three dimensional lock plate in the form of a phoenix adorns the front of the trunk. Once used to store the household valuables, this trunk could be wheeled outside in the event of a fire. Nagamochi karuma were outlawed in Osaka, Kyoto and Edo after the great Meirecki fire when people flooded the streets with them, blocking fire crews. Edo Period. Size: 42" high x 63" wide x 31 1/2" deep.