This item is a Tabaco Ire (たばこ入れ). Tabaco Ire is a container to store chopped tobacco. It was considered elegant to wrap chopped tobacco in a white paper in the early Edo period. But people who were engaged in outdoor works tied it to a handmade purse and hung it on their waist. In addition, some people remodeled and used the Douran (胴乱, a case to store valuables or gunpowder). This way, Tabaco Ire gradually spread among ordinary people and reached the upper class. Various types of Tabaco Ires were made; Sage-Tabaco Ire (提げたばこ入れ, hang from the waist) and Kaichu-Tabaco Ire (懐中たばこ入れ, put inside of Kimono) are the typical styles. It is said the latter type was appreciated, especially Samurais and ladies.
Some Tabaco Ires are made of hard materials such as wood, metal, horns, fangs, shells, and ceramics, and they are called Tonkotsu Tabaco Ire (とんこつたばこ入れ). According to a theory, outdoor workers initially used it in agriculture, forestry, or hunting. They carried Tonkotsu to protect chopped tobaccos from rain or humidity. As they attached importance to its practicality, the appearance of Tonkotsu was not fashionable. With time, townspeople started using this style’s Tabaco Ire, and decorative Tonkostsus were produced. We think this Tabaco Ire is one of those Tonkotsus that was made in this trend. It has an attractive appearance with red paint and textile-like patterns. Also, this Tabaco Ire is very light, so that is convenient to carry.
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