Accountant's Fence, Japan, Meiji Period

In the olden days in Japan, this slatted fence-like furniture was used to shield the person doing bookkeeping from the eyes of the general public. He sits on the floor with his books, Suzuri-bako, and other implements, oblivious to the activity in the room. In modern times, this piece can make an impressive table or wall decor. 

Wood, Japan, Meiji period. 

Dimensions: 104x2.5x24 in. (extended) / 64x2.5x24 in. (folded).





Collections: FOLK ART, Furniture, Mingei