A stunning Japanese two-section choba tansu (merchant's chest), made from solid Keyaki (elm) wood, originating from the Mikuni region. The upper section holds a roomy, shelved interior with two bold Keyaki grain sliding door panels. The bottom section holds a long top drawer, with elongated lock plate typical to Mikuni tansu. Below are two small drawers with iron Warabite handles, with old labels in Japanese on the fronts, and a smaller set of sliding Keyaki panel doors. The very bottom of the tansu holds a small safe box with two drawers within, two outer drawers, and a larger safe door. Original working key is included. The tansu is extremely heavy as it is all solid hardwood.
Edo period (1603-1868)
Size: 45.5" L x 19" W x 66.5" H