A Japanese lidded tobacco pouch carved from bamboo and dating from the 18th century. The lid is carved with a mythical beast in a tree, and the container has a Greek key border around the lid and neck. There are 2 ruyi motifs, one at either end of a geometric border, and the lid is still attached with a leather thong.
Dimensions are: 4 1/4 inches tall X 5 inches wide. All measurements are approximate.
Condition: It is in good condition.
Provenance: From a collector in Washington D.C. Her father in law (Nelson T Johnson) was sent to China by the US State Department in 1906 and was a US ambassador to the Republic of China from 1935 to 1941. After he left China he became an ambassador to Australia. In 1946 he became the head of the Asian Department in the US State Department. The woman’s husband was also born in the Marine hospital in Peking in 1933.
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