Exceptional antique Japanese large kannon biraki tansu (chest with hinged doors). Two stacking sections made all of kiri (paulownia) wood. This chest has unusually bold hardware made of iron with traces of red lacquer. Each of the two large doors on the upper portion is fitted with a large iron kiri mon (specifically Gosan-no-kiri-mon) During the Edo Period, this crest became a well established mon of the Japanese government where previously it was used only by the imperial family. The top section opens to 3 full width interior drawers. The bottom section has two large exterior drawers and a safe box with 4 small interior drawers on the right hand side.
Age: Edo Period (1603-1867)
Dimensions: 44″ high x 47 1/2″ wide x 17 3/4″ deep