Furoshiki kobako

Rectangular and flat lacquer Kobako (small box) representing a furoshiki knot seen from above. Fundamebackground, furoshiki in takamaki-e with floral pattern, inside the folds of the fabric with black and gold sayagata pattern with togidashi maki-e technique. The saya (or sayagata) pattern is composed of Chinese swastikas. This symbol, linked to Buddhism, represents qualities of intelligence, strength and peace. It is a sign of good omen. Interior in nashi-ji lacquer.

Furoshiki is a technique of folding and knotting a fabric for wrapping gifts and carrying objects. Its use dates back to the Nara period (710-794). The nobility used it to wrap and protect valuable items. The name 風呂に敷く, “furo ni shiku” (spread in the bath) was coined in the Muromachi (1336-1573) period, before becoming widespread in the Edo period (1603-1868). It was used to pack clothes in public baths. Appropriated by the high society, it was then used by merchants to better sell their products.

Japan – Edo period (1603-1868)
Length 7 cm – Width 5 cm – Height 1.5 cm