This is an antique Japanese Kasane Tansu (stacked chest on chest) made entirely of Kirinoki (Paulownia) wood. All original hand made iron hardware with Warabite handles and lock plates that resemble a full moon. The handles on the sides swivel up to both interlock the upper section to the lower section and to allow a bamboo pole through the handles allowing two persons to easily carry each section from place to place.
Kirinoki was a prized wood used in the making of kimono chests due to its unique special quality. It does not noticeably shrink or expand even with differences in humidity changes or summer heat. This allowed for the kimono to stay dry and fresh regardless of the weather conditions.
Contemporary uses for this chest include using it as a dresser, splitting each section for use as nightstands on both sides of the bed, or using it as an elegant linen cabinet in a living room or dining room setting.
Dimensions: 37 1/2″ Wide by 39 3/4″ High by 16 1/4″ Deep
Age: Mid Meiji Era (1880-1890)