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Ship's chest or funa dansu, Japan, Edo period

Ship's chest or funa dansu, Japan, Edo period

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Furniture: Pre 1900: Item # 514942

Please refer to our stock # 10436 when inquiring.
$ 2,000

Funa dansu of the kakesuzuri type. Behind a single hinged door at the front there are two full width drawers, one small drawer and two middle sized ones with locks. Although the exterior of this type of ship’s chests was usually made of sugi or kiri wood, this one is made of the much harder, and more expensive, keyaki wood. Drawers made of the softer, kiri wood. Iron handle on the top. Door, corner and edges fitted with sturdy and very decorative ironwork, ornamental lock. Japan, 19th century.
H 19, W 16 ¼ , D 19 ½ inches (48 x 41.4 x 49.5 cm).
Traces of usage (stains, dents, scratches), some of the iron ware reattached or replaced or missing, 4 bottom ledgers re-attached or perhaps replaced. All damages acceptable as traces of usages. All replacements acceptable as necessary maintenance. All in all very good condition. NO KEYS.

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Funa dansu are strong boxes used by sea men. They were supposed to carry business papers, money, writing supplies, seals and other personal things. They are small in comparison to chests that were used on land. The earlier ones are rather simple. At the height of their popularity they were made of the expensive and durable woods keyaki (zelkova) and kiri (paulownia). Due to the nature of their use, all funa dansu have traces of usage.