A Japanese Kobako (personal storage box) designed with beautiful Yosegi Zaiku marquetry. Made in the Hakone region in Kanagawa Prefecture, it is a single drawer style used to store precious Okimono and treasures.
Yosegi Zaiku is a Japanese traditional craft dating back to the Edo Period (1603-1868). Wooden rods of varying natural colors are cut into elongated geometric shapes and glued together to form solid blocks. When viewed from above, the block displays the geometric pattern as intended. Shaving the cross section of this block called Zuku, creates a marquetry sheet that is glued to stable wood which is then used to make the box. A clear lacquer is applied to protect the pattern integrity and provide years of enjoyment with daily use.
Additionally the drawer sides and handle were made using the solid wood block technique called Muku. This can be seen by the matching wood pattern to both interior and exterior sides of the drawer. Age: Circa 1980’s
Dimensions: 13″ Wide by 2 1/2″ High by 9 7/8″ Deep