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Wooden apothecary cabinet 薬笥 (kusuri’dansu) with 52 drawers.

Price:  1.600,00

Amazing completely restored wooden apothecary cabinet 薬笥 (kusuri’dansu) with no less than 52 drawers.

The exterior of the cabinet and the drawer fronts are made of hardwood varnished in a warm dark brown colour.

The upper 48 square drawers are equipped with slender pull rings. The large 4 drawers at the bottom have ‘warabite’-shaped bail handles. The drawers are inscribed with ink on the back, each indicating their right position (please look at the photo to see an example). They are very deep for easy storage, and they run very smoothly.

Size:
Height 73.3 cm, Width 64.9 m, Depth 25.6 cm.

Period: Japan – 19th century (Late Edo period-Early Meiji period).

In a very good completely restored condition. Some minor traces of age and wear. Please look at the photos for a condition reference.

Apothecary chests were used by doctors and teahouses to store medicines. They are also called hyakumi-dansu (“hundred flavors chest”) because of their many small drawers to sort and store traditional medicines. Yet another name for them is hyakume-dansu (“hundred eyes chest”) because of the many round handles that look like eyeballs.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : 212064

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