Posted 2 years ago
This wood box was bought simply because it is so darned charming. No other reason. ok great price too.... The calligraphy (am I using the word correctly?) in great order, iron straps for the corner on such a small thing, shaved corners that are dovetailed. All those things were more than enough to buy this box. I have to admit though that I am not sure if it is of chinese or japanese origin. I believe it is chinese, but that is a guess. Another guess is the use which I believe was for rice. I am just not sure if it were for rice what the divider was for. The box is not large at all measuring only 4"h x 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" top and 4 3/8" x 4/38".
I would love to know what the caligraphy on each side reads. How old approximately, and if not for rice what its original use was. I hate to say that it is used as a scrap paper holder and paper clips. I don't want to use it much as I would hate to cause it any damage. Ink pens are out of the question. As a lover of wood boxes this was a no brainer.