Tabacco pouch hitotsusage with peony and dragon

Hitotsusage tabacco pouch with a netsuke. Unlike the tabako-ire, there is no kiseru case.


Netsuke of kagamibuta type, made of two parts: a silver plate with peonies decoration and an ivory bowl.

Leather snuffbox (pouch) with menuki (metallic decoration) of a silver dragon. On the pouch, painted decoration of a Hôô phoenix surrounded by flowers. The phoenix and the dragon represent the imperial couple.


Japan – Edo period (1603-1863), 19th century

Netsuke: height 0.9 in. (2.4 cm) – diameter 2 in. (5 cm)

Snuffbox: height 0.8 in. (2 cm) – length 5.5 in. (14 cm) – depth 3.8 in. (9.8 cm)

Total length: 9.4 in. (23.8 cm)