This is an antique Japanese Kansai Choba Tansu (merchant chest) made of Hinoki (Cypress) and Sugi (Cryptomeria) woods. All original hand forged hardware including the Hirute handles. Center sliding doors with horizontal slats open to a spacious storage area. Side horizontal bars for strength and aesthetic beauty.
The Japanese merchant chest was originally used by store owners as a chest to keep business records, books, stationery, an abacus, and calligraphy brushes and paper. Often displayed in a prominent location of the store due to its beauty and charm, it signified a sense of permanence to the customers as well as providing functionality and purpose for the business.
Age: Mid Meiji Era (1880-1890)
Dimensions: 36 1/2″ Wide by 40″ High by 19 1/4″ Deep