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Updated: 13 Jun 2024

Antique Japanese Lacquer Box


Delivery Time: Approx. 5-14 DAYS
*Delivery may take longer, depending on countries or holiday seasons.


Depth Width Height Weight
18.0cm 31.0cm 30.8cm 2,864g

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SKU: Bento-05 Categories: ,

 This item is a Bento (弁当, lunch box). This Bento has a gorgeous appearance, painted entirely in black lacquer and decorated with the Makie (蒔絵) technique. The Makie is a typical Japanese lacquer art technique developed uniquely in Japan for about 1,200 years. Firstly, it needs to draw a picture with lacquer on the surface with a thin brush. Next, sprinkle the gold powder from above to show the pattern before the lacquer hardens. This technique makes a gorgeous and elegant look to works, as seen in this Bento.

 The entire surface has the same botanical pattern. The combination of Chouji (丁子, precious medicine, fragrance, dye) and Karakusa (唐草, arabesque) patterns is elegantly designed. The Chouji is a plant, and it represents happy marriage, good health, and longevity. Since this plant has a powerful fragrance, it is believed that the power of its fragrance was used to ward off evil spirits. It was brought to Japan from the continent in the Heian period (平安時代, 794-1185), and it was incorporated into the Takaradukushi (宝尽くし, a combination of treasures) pattern due to its rarity.

 The Karakusa pattern is a design in which vine stems and leaves are twined and make curves. Since ivy has a strong vitality and grows without interruption, people regarded this design as a symbol of prosperity and longevity. In this way, such auspicious motifs decorate this Bento box.

 If the object is just for storing things, a simpler-designed box or plain box could also serve as a storage case. However, we assume that the occasions where such highly decorative utensils were used were probably a special meal, and this Bento box might have been used for some anniversary or celebration. It is suitable for displaying in your room as interior decoration and would add color to your room.

 *As this item is an antique, please check each photo and ensure its condition.

【About us】
 Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.

【Payment method】
 We accept payment through Stripe (Credit card), PayPal, Apple Pay or ChromePay, all of which are secure payment methods. Also, you don’t need to make an account on Stripe for the checkout. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. You may either pay in JPY, USD, AUD, CAD, EUR, CHF or GBP. The price is set in Japanese Yen. Prices in other currencies are automatically calculated based on the latest exchange rate. 

【Shipping duration】
 We normally ship via EMS (Express Mail Service) provided by Japan Post. It usually takes at least 5-14 days to deliver the package after you place an order. Time of delivery is estimated as accurately as possible by the carrier but does not take into account any delays beyond our control such as by inclement weather, post office holiday seasons.

 We offer Free International Shipping as long as we can ship your order by EMS. If you prefer other shipping carriers, please contact us.  
 We will inform you of the order’s tracking number via email. Please make sure you fill out your valid email address correctly. 

*If you like to make sure if EMS shipping is available to your country, please contact us.

【How to make sure the condition】
 Please keep in mind that what you are going to purchase is an antique item. We uploaded high resolution photos for you to check its condition thoroughly. If you like to see more photos with different angles, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to send them to you so that you can make informed decision.

 It is essential for us to know that you are happy with your choice of antique item and we are prepared to use the best of our ability to serve you.

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