Japanese two-section Keyaki Nihonmatsu tansu with a black lacquered frame, a corner lockbox with iron plating and hinged door, four long drawers with iron hardware, warabite handles and iron locks at their center with a the image of a tsuru (crane) flying over a kame (turtle). The tsuru and kame are sacred creatures in Asian culture, each a symbol for longevity, and are said to live one thousand and ten thousand years respectively. The tsuru is said to turn black if it lives to two thousand years, interestingly the tsuru on the iron locks are black.
Meiji Period circa 1900
Size: 47.75" height, 45.25" width, 18" depth