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Edo Period Paper Tebako

Edo Period Paper Tebako

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1800: Item # 1316890
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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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A rare tebako (accessory box) dating from the middle of the Edo period (1615-1868). It is made with paper bounded in several layers for strength.

The box is decorated on all sides except its base, with patterns made in relief and hand painted sceneries inspired by Chinese paintings. They show men and women indulging in leisure activities, and one man running in front of an ox.

Although the box is Japanese made, the people shown are wearing ancient traditional Chinese costumes. During the Edo period, many genres of Japanese art matured into unique forms, yet Chinese art had some periods of renewed interest, especially in the elite circles of Kyoto.

The box shows marks of its age; chipped paint, dents, some cracks and traces of usage can be seen in the pictures.

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The tebako will be shipped in the original fitted wooden box.
Dimensions 17.5 x 12.5 x 11.5 (7 x 5 x 4.6 in), weight 208g (7.3 oz)

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Worldwide shipping by EMS, with insurance and tracking: $32
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