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Obento-Bako 'Lunch Box', Bamboo, Japanese, Meiji Period



Obento-Bako (Lunch Box), bamboo, Japanese, Meiji period Woven bamboo basket case, edged with black bamboo flat strips. Bronze hinges, clasp (missing pin) and metal handles at both ends with a cotton string for carrying. Curved form of the basket lid is shaped to meet the form of the nested tin-washed boxes held together by a handwoven cotton strip. The various sections of the boxes would hold cold rice, cooked vegetables or fish and pickles. Tin insert: 6" x 4" x 2" Ref: YO NO BI, "The Beauty of Japanese Folk Art" by Wiilliam Jay Rathbun with contributions by Michael Knight Seattle Art Museum, University of Washington Press.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 4.25 in. (10.8 cm)Width: 7 in. (17.78 cm)Depth: 3 in. (7.62 cm)
  • Style
    Folk Art (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Early 20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Doesn't show signs of use.
  • Seller Location
    Point Richmond, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: GUJJ161stDibs: LU1778220028082

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    Ships From: Point Richmond, CA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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