This is a Japanese tabako-bon, or ‘tobacco tray,’ used to store tobacco and smoking accessories around the 18th century Edo period in Japan. Believed to have evolved from the traditional accessories of Japanese incense ceremony, tabako-bons first came into use in the 17th century and were often beautifully decorated to display one’s wealth and status.
This elegant tabako-bon is crafted of fine hardwood with lacquered and gilt in the takamaki-e style with a pattern of beautiful delicate building top with Japanese maple that drape gracefully across all four sides. Two round brass containers are set into the top, the larger a small hibachi (hi-ire) used for lighting one’s pipe. Insulated by a layer of ash, lit charcoal was placed into the hibachi and accessed via the ruyi-form cut-out in the domed lid. On the right is a matching container (haifuki) used to hold ash and waste. A classic example of a fine Japanese lacquerware, this smoking set lives on as a beautiful keepsake of the past.
Box has a small area of lacquer got scrach off on the top surface, as shown in the pictures. Overall still in pretty good condition. A rare one of a kind piece. Originally from Japan.
Dimensions: 5.75″ x 9.25″ x 7″
* Antique piece. Sell in used, pre-owned condition. Vintage and antique items by nature have variable amounts of wear, imperfections, signs of use, age and time. Perfectly imperfect. Condition shown as in pictures. Kindly contact us if you need more info. or detail pictures.
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