Updated Jan 23, 2023

A Japanese Tansu
Painting and Writing box
with various supplies
    An antique Japanese Tansu Box from around the 1860's - Edo period:
    Portable boxes like this would be used by artists, scholars,writers and accountants as it was made to hold paper and brushes for writing and painting.
    The box is made of beautiful solid Keyaki or Elm wood with a gorgeous golden brown color and rich grain patterns.
    The box joints are fastened with fine dowels.
    One of the drawers has a Japanese inscription on the underside.
    The delicately hand forged bronze , handle hinges and pulls are all original to the box.
    The box has a rich patina with old ink stains, dents, marks and warping which only serve to add to its antique appeal. It is approximately 10 1/4 inch long 5 inches deep and 6 inches high.
    Note that the lock no longer works and a key is not included.
    This box is fitted with tools from various cultures and ages- A china water bowl and a wonderful water dropper with blue glaze which has a crazed glaze and some cracks. Also included is a brush , a bamboo pen and a partial sumi ink stick.


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