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19th Century Japanese Kakesuzuri Funa Dansu Sea Chest with Iron Hardware


Small shipboard chest with iron decoration and fitted interior. Elaborate iron detail on the door, opening to a single long drawer over two short drawers above a single long drawer, with iron handles, Japan, 19th century. This type of heavy chest is referred to in Japanese as a fun-a­dansu or sea chest. Chests like this were made from the Edo period (1603 -1868) well into the Meiji period (1868 -1912), and used on the small merchant vessels plying the Sea of Japan and the inland sea between Osaka and Hokkaido Island. Chests with a fitted, lockable interior and with densely ornamental cut­iron mounts appear to have been made in the town of Ogi on Sado Island, a major port on the Sea of Japan trading route and the largest fun-a­dansu production centre of northern Japan.


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    H 18 in. x W 18 in. x D 17.5 in.

    H 45.72 cm x W 45.72 cm x D 44.45 cm

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    San Francisco, CA
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