Japanese Rosewood Tabako-bon with Two Rabbits

c. 1920
$2,280 USD
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W: 10.0" D: 5.5" H: 8.75"
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This wooden box is a Japanese tabako-bon, or 'tobacco tray,' used to store tobacco and smoking accessories. Believed to have evolved from the traditional accessories of Japanese incense ceremony, tabako-bons first came into use in the 17th century and were often beautifully decorated to display one's wealth and status.

This examples dates to the early 20th century and is crafted of fine huali rosewood with a bakelite handle. The front is carved with a scene of two rabbits beneath a full moon and dovetail joinery adds elegant detail to the corners. The open top is divided into four compartments, the largest lined with sheet metal for use as a small hibachi (hi-ire). Insulated by a layer of ash, lit charcoal was placed into the hibachi and used to light one's smoking pipe. A short length of bamboo was used as a receptacle for hot ash and other wastes. The drawers and other compartments held shredded tobacco, tongs, and cleaning tools. A beautiful example of a traditional object, this tabako-bon lives on as a storied keepsake of the past.

Box has a split on the lefthand side.

Additional Dimensions:
Box: 9"W x 5.5"D x 5.5"H
Hibachi Interior: 5.25"W x 3.75"D x 3"H
Drawers: 3.5"W x 4.5"D x 1.5"H

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