Price: € 650,00
A dark brown lacquer circular wooden hokai 外居 (covered shell container). The removable cover is decorated with a five different gold lacquer circular mon 紋 (crest) depicting; a melon (mokkô), a crane (tsuru), a mandarin orange (tachi’bana), a mulberry leaf (kaji), and two horizontal stripes (hikiryo).
This hokai is of typical form, with ribbed sides, supported on four tall spreading feet, decorated overall with a dark brown lacquered, and the edges and feet with shaped copper fittings decorated with a geometrical flower motif in low relief.
The ribbed sides are decorated with the same gold lacquer crests as the lid and additional ones, like;
It has a black lacquer interior and red cord ties and tassels.
In good original condition, certainly for its age, with some signs of age and wear. Please see the photos for a condition reference.
Late Edo period.
Height 42 cm, Diameter Ø 38 cm.
Hokai boxes are traditionally used in Japan to store and carry shells for Kai-awase game in Edo and Meiji Period.
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.