A very fine and unusual Japanese Meji period personal tobacco pouch (tabako ire) also known as a tokantsu. It has an integrated lid and rare burl wood pipe holder (kiseru zutsu).
It has inlaid insects and snail in bronze, bone and mother of pearl. The material is bone and not iv*ry as you can see the porous black dots and no striations. The dragonfly on the lid, which according to the description, is the victory insect, and made of bone with MOP wings.
The box is just amazing the wood on both pieces with a beautiful warm patina, the burl wood just so beautiful and natural . It also looks like you could use the stand for incense burning on the back side. The box has a mark or number inside and also in the lid along with an artist signature inside the lid as you can see above the number. It is connected with string and tiny bone bird netsuke.
The box is about 3 3/8" at its widest and just under 2" tall with lid on. The pipe holder is about 9" long. This is the first time I have seen one of these. Appears to be in very good condition for its age with appropriate wear and a beautiful patina.”
I purchased several pieces from a recent SO CAL estate. This couple had been collectors of fine Japanese and Chinese arts for years while living in San Francisco.
Japanese Meiji Period Tonkatsu Kiseru Zutsu Burlwood Dragonfly Bone Shell Insect