JJ11 Antique Japanese Obento-Bako (Lunch Box)

Woven bamboo covers with 2 color pattern, edged with black bamboo flat strips. Bronze hinges, clasp (missing pin) and bail handles at both ends. Curved form of the basket lid is shaped to meet the form of the nested tin-washed boxes. The various sections of the boxes would hold cold rice, cooked vegetables or fish and pickles. The patina is rich and smooth to the touch, the condition is great. Measures 7” x  4 ¼" x 3". Meiji period, 19th century. (Ref:  YO NO BI, The Beauty of Japanese Folk Art by William Jay Rathbun with contributions by Michael Knight Seattle Art Museum, University of Washington Press).