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Updated: 24 Jul 2021


Japanese lacquer box-Makie Bunko Samurai helmet


Title: Japanese lacquer box-Makie Bunko Samurai helmet

Signature: NO SIGNED
Material: wood, lacquer

Size (Approx.) Weight
Bigger Case 33.5 cm × 33.5 cm × 6 cm 565 g
Smaller Case 32 cm × 32 cm × 5 cm 510 g

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SKU: Bunko-07 Categories: , ,

Title: Japanese lacquer box-Makie Bunko Samurai helmet

 Bunko is a kind of box, and it is also called Bunko Bako. It has been used to store books, personal belongings, or valuables. Since ancient times, Japanese people put essential things in boxes customarily. And they developed various techniques to decorate packages.

 This box has a rectangular shape with a rounded corner, and it is colored with black lacquer. Ume (梅, Japanese apricot) and Samurai helmet designs decorate this Bunko. Due to the Makie (蒔絵, please see the description below) decoration, some parts have shining looks. Please note that These cases do not have a lid.

 Japanese apricots begin to bloom in winter when snow still covers its tree; therefore, people consider that this flower tells spring arrival. People appreciate its adorable petal shape and scent, gracefully branched tree, and compose many poems. As it comes out in the cold season, it is said it symbolizes perseverance and vitality.

 Samurai helmet has been used as a popular motif for boys wishing them to grow up healthy and strong. Helmets with gorgeous ornaments were arrowed to wear only for people with high authority and states. We could consider that people then used this motif, hoping their children would be high-ranked Samurai.

 This Bunko is a gem that is designed with traditional Japanese motifs. It is useful to store your items. Or, you can also display it to enjoy as one of the interior decorations in your room.

 *Makie……A typical Japanese lacquer art technique developed uniquely in Japan for about 1200 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.

 *Raden…… It is a kind of decorative technique that is often used for traditional craftworks. It uses the pearl part of seashells and put it into the engraved surface of lacquer or wood. Thanks to its iridescent luster, it gives a luxurious look to works.

 *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, original Japanese sword mounting, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on. 

Payment method
 We accept payment through Stripe (Credit card) or PayPal, both of which are secure payment methods. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. You can either pay in JPY, USD, EUR or GBP. The price is decided in Japanese Yen. The price in other currencies is calculated automatically based on the 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. We will use DHL instead for those who ordered from USA or Australia as EMS temporarily stops shipping to these countries due to COVID-19. We offer Free International Shipping as long as we can ship your order by either EMS or DHL. (USA, Australia only)

 We will inform you of the order’s tracking number via email. Please make sure you fill out your valid email address correctly.

 *Please keep in mind that due to the spread of COVID-19, there might be delays in shipping. If you like to know the detail about shipping, please feel free to ask us.

How to make sure the condition
 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. 


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