This is a set of 7 lidded Japanese boxes known as a takenobento bako or like a bamboo plant with segments. This set of boxes was originally used over 120 years ago for catering large feasts as each box was designated for a special food from rice to sushi. The boxes were then water tight and after the catered event they could be stacked for easy storage as each box could fit into the next larger box. When fully stacked it took little more space than a single box (see pictures 3 & 4).
Each box has the makers mark branded on the inside (see pictures 6 & 11). It is made of hand crafted cryptomeria wood with multiple coats of Japanese special natural urushi lacquer. Having been in storage for over 100 years and lovingly used, this set of 7 lidded boxes remains in. The bottom box has some minor scuff marks on the bottom (see last picture).
There appears to be a signature on the inside as well as bottom of each box with the name either of the maker of first owner (see picture 10). This name has mostly been eradicated on most of the boxes. The largest of the 7 lidded boxes measures 16 1/4" long by 13" wide and 5 1/4 tall (41 x 33 x 13 cm).
The smallest of the boxes measures 10 1/4" by 7" by 4 (26 x 18 x 10 cm). Great skill in old world craftsmanship is seen on these boxes as they have both dove tail joints as well as wooden peg construction (see picture 8). You'll love it , I guarantee it. Sailerking and the Shogun's Gallery of Portland, Oregon have been in the Japanese antique business for over 38 years, and highly value our customers.Satisfaction Guarantee: All items are carefully described and photographed. Most items listed are antiques, and as such may have an expected amount of wear from normal use. We do not sell items with major flaws without mentioning it in the listing. See photos and descriptions for condition. The item "ANTIQUE SIGNED 14 PC JAPANESE 7 STACKING LIDDED TAKENOBENTO LACQUERED BOXES" is in sale since Tuesday, May 4, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Other Japanese Antiques". The seller is "sailerking" and is located in Portland, Oregon. This item can be shipped worldwide.