Tansu is the traditional mobile storage cabinety of Japan. Tansu was first recorded in them Genroku era of the Edo period (1688–1704).
During the time period in which tansu gradually became a feature of Japanese culture and daily life, 1657–1923, both hard and softwoods were used by tansuyas (tansu craftsmen), often in practical combination for a single chest. Woods commonly used in tansu included elm, chestnut, pine, cedar, paulownia and cypress.
This chest has had some professional repair which has deliberately been left its the natural wood colour, (it could easily be blended into the original chests colour if desired). It is well proportioned with 6 external drawers and 2 more hidden benath a small hinged door. The extensive metal banding and corners gives a sense of its age. Includes two original keys for the 5 working locks.
In the Tansu book, these Ko-Dantsu are described as small personal chests.
Height 580 mm
Width 550 mm
Depth 295 mm
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