Rare Japanese gyosho bako or peddler’s chest, constructed with Kiri (paulownia) wood in original dark brown/black lacquer finish. The tall, narrow box is two sections stacked held in place by iron latches on the sides. Each drawer front has square pulls and floral lock plates with brass accent hardware. The top drawer of the bottommost section has a secret hidden compartment for storing precious treasures. Unusual finish in wonderful original condition.
Edo period (1603-1868)
Dimensions: 10 1/2″ W x 19″ D x 35″ H