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An Antique Woven Bamboo Tonkotsu (Tobacco Pouch)

An Antique Woven Bamboo Tonkotsu (Tobacco Pouch)

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1930: Item # 1257361

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This antique tonkotsu (tobacco pouch) suite is made of intricately handwoven bamboo with the original netsuke and cord. The minutely woven bamboo blends three distinct patterns forming the veneer of the pouch, which is suspended on an adjustable red cord. The piece measures 3" high x 1.75" wide x 3" long and is in very fine condition. We date the tonkatsu to the late Meiji to Taisho period, circa 1900-1925. The ojime is a simple wooden cylinder about 5/8" long. The netsuke is made of the same brown wood and is carved in the shape of a small double gourd. It measures 1 1/4" long and is 5/8" diameter at the lower part of the gourd.

The unusually well preserved red interior lining is close to mint condition. The stunning miniaturization details woven into this treasure presents an unusually historical interpretation of a daily use item. The fact that woven bamboo was rarely employed as a material in tobacco pouches makes it even more desirable. A premium acquisition for the knowledgeable collector or unique gift for your favorite tonkatsu aficionado.

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