Condition: Excellent

Antique Japanese Traveling Woven Bento Box | Rural/Farmer Lunch Basket | Taisho 1912-1926

Simply exquisite Taisho Period, (c.1920’s), traveling bento box, (used in the Japanese countryside to carry luncheon rice cakes). This fine, delicate bamboo herring bone weave is a work of art framed on all edges/corners with strips of darker bamboo retaining its golden brown and rosewood color patina. It has its original bronze metal locking device, hinges and side handles, along with its original cord strap and gold damask lining. The ultimate Mingei folk art. Condition: Beautiful and consistent with age, and fully intact with the exception of the bronze pin for locking. Dimensions: 6-0” w 4-1/2”d x 3-1/2”h 

Additional Information—

Bento has always been a symbol of a person’s social status, wealth, and influence. Bento lunch boxes have a life of their own and although their history will always be rooted in Japanese history and culture they have transcended national boundaries into a lifestyle or philosophy. Bento embodies aesthetics and beauty, the complex and mundane, politics, socio-economics, love and joy. Obento’s transient nature gives it a lingering grace that bestows the eater with not only the food of life but the meaning of life itself.

Although the bento became widespread in Japan throughout the course of history it was not until the Meiji Period, (1868-1912), that the bento became an icon of convenience for all workers and travelers alike.


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