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$ 4,000

Pair of Large Antique Japanese Hokai Lacquer Boxes

Origin Japan
Period 1920-1949
Materials Lacquer wood and brass
H. 18 in; Diam. 16 in;
H. 45.72 cm; Diam. 40.64 cm;
Condition Good. Good overall condition. Expected scattered surface wear and patina such as small scratches, scrapes and chips, some with touchups. A couple of lacquer layer crackles inside the lid rim; Brass with patina. Ropes are faded.
Creation Date early 20th century
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description Hokai boxes are traditionally used in Japan to store and carry shells for Kai-awase game in Edo and Meiji Period. Always in pair for the nature of the game, that is to find the matching halves of the shells, these storage containers with lids are fashioned in dark brown-black lacquer, supported by four slightly out-turned legs and decorated with elaborately engraved brass fittings. This pair will add a bespoken touch to any modern interior space due to the minimal exterior surface decoration.
Well preserved from the Meiji-Taisho period circa early part of 20th century, he boxes still retain the original green ropes.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Patterns Asian/Oriental, Geometric, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 461274
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