Antique Japanese Choba Tansu (21N-D3)

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This is an antique 1 section Japanese merchant chest called Choba Tansu from Middle Meiji period (1880's - 1890's). It was made using Paulownia (Kirinoki) and Suginoki (Cryptomeria) woods. 

Merchant chests were displayed with pride by the owner of a shop to give customers the impression of success and longevity of the business establishment.  It was almost always situated in a prominent location of the store to catch the view of the client. 

24"W x 15"D x 28 1/4"