Antique Japanese Kansai Choba Tansu (22J-D104) Awaiting restoration

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This is an antique Japanese merchant chest called Choba Tansu that originated from the Kansai region of Japan from Middle Meiji period ( 1880's - 1890's).  It was constructed out of Cypress (Hinoki) and Cryptomeria (Suginoki) 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.

 32 3/4"W x 15 3/4"D x 35 1/2"H