Beautiful old Tansu chest from Japan. This one has 7 drawers, the 4 large ones with locks. 

Tansu  is the traditional mobile storage cabinety of Japan. Tansu was first recorded in the 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 is finished in a lovely deep brownish red lacquer. It is well proportioned with 7 drawers. The chest has extensive silver metal banding, corners, handles and decoratively engraved escutcheons.
In the Tansu book, these Ko-Dantsu are described as small personal chests.

Height 480 mm
Width 450 mm
Depth 280 mm
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