Tebako box with three compartments in golden and nashi-ji lacquer, decorated with golden, red, and kirigane lacquer, golden persimmon tree leaves, among rocks. The compartments are of increasing size from the top. The decoration is in continuity.
Persimmon has been cultivated in southern China for more than 2500 years and is believed to have been introduced to Japan in the 8th century. The veneer is a tree with very hard wood, similar to ebony. According to a legend, one specimen survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, close to the epicenter. It is therefore in Japan a symbol of strength and longevity. It is also the national fruit of the country. It is eaten as a traditional dish during New Year's Day celebrations.
Tebako literally means "portable box", it is a toilet box containing the objects necessary for washing and make-up, especially blush and mirror boxes.
Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912)
Height: 6,1in - 15,5 cm
Length: 6,0in - 15,2 cm
Width: 5,2in - 13,1 cm