Late Edo funa-dansu from Sado island (Ogi) This
is an early type of chobako funa-dansu with a
kendon-buta (drop-fit door) revealing 6 drawers
including 2 money boxes. This sea chest is built
with keyaki-wood (zelkova) faces wiped with transparent
lacquer (fuki-urushi) and thick metalwork. Drawers
interior is made of kiri-wood (paulownia). This
type of single kendon-gata (drop-fit door) with
simple but sturdy metalwork was produced in early
19th century. Sea chests were used by captains
of coastal vessels to carry valuable documents
and records about the ship route and cargo, and
even a Rising Sun flag to be raised when the ship
was transporting rice for the government.
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