Antique Japanese 2-section choba tansu (merchant’s chest) from the Matsumoto region. Made with Keyaki (elm/zelkova) dramatic burl hardwood front panels. The upper section features a pair of sliding panels, with an open shelved compartment inside over two small drawers. One drawer has a slot above it to deposit money inside. There is also a secret hidden compartment, holding a small treasure box with kanji inscription.
This style of chest is quite rare.
Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Dimensions: 34″ L x 15.5″ D x 45.5″ H