Offered by: Tishu
By appointment only Atlanta, GA 30327 , United States Call Seller 305.400.0561


Rare Japanese Traveling Chest Edo Period

$ 12,000
  • Description
    Served as a traveling luggage carried like a backpack for the high priest, this rare chest is known as 笈 in Kanji(おい.きゅう in Japanese). In China the carrier case is also know as Ji (笈), traditionally used by the traveling scholars or monks in ancient time to carry their belongings such as books, clothes, and stationary. The piece on offer here is of Japanese origin and dated to Edo period (circa 17-18th century). It was likely reserved for the use of a high-rank priest to carry the Buddhism scripts due to its luxurious and high quality. The wood frame takes the shape of a pagoda with carved bamboo design that features upturned corner cornices and slightly sprayed legs. The back and the side were made of woven bamboo with lacquered interior paper lining, much of which has now degraded. This design allows the piece to be light weight, water resistant but breathable. The facade features a small upper and a large lower compartment with doors covered in lacquered paper painted with gilt mons and a dragon like form among floral pattern (in a rather abstract fashion). Along the chest, holes were placed with hardware lining. These are where the rope was threaded for the traveler's to carry it on his shoulder. The shelf in the lower compartment is collapsible, making the piece practical for storage function.
    A marvelous piece, it has been largely preserved in its intact form and mostly original condition. A very worn green silk rope is also present, but it is likely a later replacement.
  • More Information
    Origin: United States
    Period: 18th Century
    Materials: wood, bamboo, paper, silk
    Condition: Fair. Overall wear and color variation, scrapes, crackles and minor losses on the doors, losses of interior paper lining, heavy patina on all hardware, the rope is worn and faded, slight concave on the top. Older restoration visible in some spots.
    Creation Date: 17-18th century
    Styles / Movements: Pilgrim, Asian, Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 378008
  • Dimensions
    W. 20.5 in; H. 34 in; D. 19 in;
    W. 52.07 cm; H. 86.36 cm; D. 48.26 cm;
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Our collection ranges from Neolithic Art to 20th century collectible art and design. It spans 5000 thousand years of history and crosses many civilizations and cultures. Our aesthetic strongholds are Mid-century studio design, Japanese and Korean art, Asian Textile Art and Contemporary Aboriginal Art. The diversity is united behind our singular vision to seek for timeless beauty and driven purely by our passion

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