Portable TOBACCO BOX called Tonkotsu - Japan - Edo period (1603-1868)

19th century
Asian Arts
From: 93400, Saint-Ouen, France

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    Portable TOBACCO BOX called Tonkotsu animated with two PORTRAITS of HANNYA
    Japan, Edo period (1603-1868)
    H.: 9.3; L.: 8.5 cm
    (usual wear)

    Hannya is a prominent evil spirit in Japanese folklore. She is an oni, a female demon, who embodies suffering, anger and hatred. Jealous deceased, her ghost would return to earth to wreak vengeance.
    Thus, on the front part, the box is animated with the portrait of the wife while the reverse, on the body side, the demonic face of Hannya is sculpted. For both sides, the pupils are inlaid with a darker type of wood.

    The sliding cover is mounted on a rear cord.
    This system is reminiscent of that of inros. In fact, they were intended to be worn on the belt of kimonos.

    Text and photos © FCP CORIDON

    Ref. : 4290

    Ref: QV7MU8LA7G

    Condition Good
    Style Asian Arts (Asian Tribal Art of Asian Arts Style)
    Period 19th century (Asian Tribal Art 19th century)
    Country of origin Japan
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 2-3 Business Days
    Location 93400, Saint-Ouen, France
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