Kobako in the form of a dark brown tree trunk in a cross section. The back of the lid is made of golden hiramaki-e lacquer on a black background, representing in a close-up a branch of a Japanese cherry tree with its three fruits, with light brown outlines revealing a ring of the tree. Inside the box and base in nashi-ji lacquer.
The Japanese cherry tree (Prunus serrulata) is an emblematic tree of the country, producing the cherry blossoms (sakura). Its blossom marks the beginning of spring, and is a symbol of renewal and the ephemeral nature of beauty. Here, it is cherries produced by the tree. If they have no gustatory interest, they are used in traditional Asian medicine for its antiviral, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties.
Japon – Showa era (1926-1989)
Length 2.8 in. (7 cm) – width 2 in. (5.5 cm) – height 0.8 in. (2.4 cm)