A Japanese Hokai lidded shell box with black lacquer wood and brass accents from the late Edo to the early Meiji period. This late 19th century Hokai shell box was made in Japan with black lacquered wood and brass. This cylindric box shows an unusual Silhouette carved like stacked rings. The box is raised on four lacquer legs. The upper section features a cylindric lid opening thanks to a brass hinge and revealing a compartment fitted with red fabric.
The box is adorned with beautifully etched brass accents, particularly on the legs. Loop holes on the legs allow for the top lid to be tied down to aid in transporting. Hokai boxes were used to store shells which served as pieces for the Kaiwase game during the holiday season. With its unusual shape, exquisite decorative accents contrasting beautifully on the black lacquered wood, this late 19th century Japanese Hokai lacquer shell box will be a perfect storage item in most
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