Rare and beautiful Japanese antique isho tansu from the area of Sado Island, made all of kiri (paulownia) wood with original deep reddish brown lacquer finish and nice patina. Extensive iron hardware covers most of the front of this piece with large rectangular lock plates and elaborate cut out and incised designs throughout. The top 2 drawers has hardware depicting figures of Japanese folk lore and pine trees. The bottom two drawers have a large crane and turtle. Safe box with door that is completely covered with iron work. Interior has three small drawers.
This piece comes with three keys and all drawers can be locked. Early Meiji Period (c. 1880's).
Size: 44 3/4" high x 45 1/2" wide x 17 1/2" deep.