We believe that these 2 boxes were once used to keep cigarettes fresh. They have been covered with beautiful black lacquer. The lids on these pieces slide down over the base. Gold and silver wheat have been painted on one side of the lid. On the top of the pieces a golden outline of a butterfly has been painted and field in with abalone shells. Red paint has been used to accent the butterflies' wings. They are in great condition with only minimal gold wear to the wheat heads. Price is for the pair of boxes.
Lacquer (urushi) is a living substance - sap - carefully collected from Urushi trees (a type of Sumac, which is related to poison oak and ivy). It has been used for over six thousand years in Japan to coat all types of things, from wood to baskets to leather to pottery. Lacquer-coated pots and wooden items have been found in Japanese Neolithic sites carbon dated to about 4500 B.C.
Measures: 31/4" L x 3 ½" H x 2 ½" W
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