A two-tiered tooth-blackening box and cover, late 17th/mid18th Century.

The style of this box is based upon that of a tooth-blackening box, which was part of the bridal trousseau of members of the military classes in Japan during the Edo period, (1603-1868). It is decorated with sprays of cherry blossom interspersed with crests of two crossed Japanese oak leaves within a circle; the centre  front of the lower tier is fitted with a gilt-copper eyelet in the form of an engraved paulownia crest, 13.9cm.

REFERENCE: JWA09043

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