This is an antique Japanese early Meiji era c. 1880 set of ten food boxes known as a Jubako made of Japanese sugi (cryptomeria). Two stacks of five nest together with lids which are fitted to rest nicely onto each. Each olive green colored box has its original 20 coats of Japanese black lacquer finish.
It also includes the original signed cryptomeria wood storage box with the family name. The storage box is well made with all wooden pin construction (see picture 11). From the writing on the box and inside the lid we know that this was made by Tsukushi of Motokuchi Mura in the 40th year of the Meiji era (1907) and owned by Shinoda Ikuo.
Having been used lovingly and stored for over a century, it still remains in good condition. Note some minor nicks to the original lacquer finish (see enlarged picture 4).
Each box measures about 7 1/4" long by 3 5/8" deep by 2 tall (18.5 x 9 x 5 cm). The original signed storage box measures 8" wide by 11 1/4" tall by 8 1/4 deep.
A great storage box or useful for party food or an elegant meal. It's all about 6 pounds.
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We do not sell items with major flaws without mentioning it in the listing. See photos and descriptions for condition. The item "ANTIQUE JAPANESE MEIJI 1907 TEN LIDDED LACQUER JUBAKO BENTO BOX With STORAGE BOX" is in sale since Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Boxes". The seller is "shoguns" and is located in Portland, Oregon. This item can be shipped worldwide.