Wood chest drawers, Geisha makeup box with flip mirror top, vintage luxury Kabazaiku cherry bark craftwork.
Wood chest drawers, Geisha makeup box with flip mirror top, vintage luxury Kabazaiku cherry bark craftwork.
Wood chest drawers, Geisha makeup box with flip mirror top, vintage luxury Kabazaiku cherry bark craftwork.
Wood chest drawers, Geisha makeup box with flip mirror top, vintage luxury Kabazaiku cherry bark craftwork.
Wood chest drawers, Geisha makeup box with flip mirror top, vintage luxury Kabazaiku cherry bark craftwork.
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Wood chest drawers, Geisha makeup box with flip mirror top, vintage luxury Kabazaiku cherry bark craftwork.

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Japanese Kodansu 'small box-chest' amazingly hand crafted Kabazaibu. A tour de force in lacquer work.

This small lacquer cabinet containing a nest of drawers is very ornamental and a desired collectible. It will make a great gift too.

What is so unusual about this jewelry box is it's fold out mirror!

Cherry Bark craftwork is a unique and delicate Japanese art that originated in the Akita prefecture during the Edo period (1603 – 1868). “Kaba-zaiku is a truly Japanese form of art, carved out of its national tree, the cherry blossom”.

There is a lot of work and knowledge involved with the production of Kabazaiku. The bark has to be harvested from 70-80-year-old wild trees as the bark from younger and cultivated trees are not tough enough. During spring, scouts go on hiking into the mountains of Northern Japan to locate the wild trees, as during this time they are easier to locate due to the blooming Sakura flowers. The bark is then harvested during the late summer/early autumn after Japan's rainy season so that the bark is softer and easier to remove.

Kabazaiku products are ecological and do not harm the trees in the long run as only one-third of the bark is cut and the trees have regenerative powers, growing back enough bark for the next harvest. The bark from the Ooyama trees is most commonly used for its superior quality, whereas Kasumi bark has a beautiful pattern with parallel running horizontal grains. Procuring enough bark every year is one of the big challenges of Kabazaiku art.
This one art form is a microcosm of the traditional way of thinking of Japanese people, which in the past was focused on co-existing with nature.

Dimension (Approx.):
H 28.5 cm x D 19.9 cm x L 17.5 cm (H 11.2" x 7.8" x 6.9")
1.9 kilograms

Good vintage condition with flaws: the mirror shows signs of wears and there are two flaws easily visible on the last picture.
Please look at the pictures carefully (zoom in) to assess the condition of the item.

I'm happy to answer any questions.
I will send it well packed with a tracking number (DHL express shipping).

🎁 All items are wrapped with a beautiful Japanese fabric at no extra cost.