Smocking set with kiseruzutsu and tonkotsu

Smoking set composed of a lacquered kiseruzutsu (pipe case), a lacquered leather tonkotsu (tobacco pouch).

The two parts are linked by a cord with a two-sided ojime representing Noh theater masks, one of Okame and one of Hyottoko. Okame, also known as Uzume or Otafuku, is the deity of Happiness and Good Humor. She is known to bring good omen. Hyottoko, a legendary comic character, is considered a fire god in some parts of northeastern Japan. The shape of his mouth is explained by the fact that he blows fire with a bamboo pipe. These two characters often appear together. At local festivals in Japan, Hyottoko appears in traditional dengakudances associated with Okame, where he plays the role of a clown.

The kiseruzutsu is made of two interlocking tubes of lacquered wood. At the bottom on the main face, incised decoration of a plant motif, branch with its foliage and flower buds. Metal part allowing the passage of the cord, dissociable from the whole to allow the opening of the kiseruzutsu.

The tonkotsu is decorated with a copper menuki (metal decoration), used as a snap. The latter represents a man sitting cross-legged, with an expression of great joy. Inside, tobacco still present.

Japan – Late Edo period (1603-1868)
Kiseruzutsu : length 17 cm (6.7 in) – width 2.5 cm (1 in)
Tonkotsu : length 7 cm (2.8 in) – width 10,7 cm (4.21 in)