Japanese Lacquerware Bento Box

Vintage Japanese Negoro Lacquer Jubako | Four Tier Round Bento Box


Age:1920-1940 (Showa Period)

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 5-1/2”h x 4-1/2” dia.

Shown is a wonderfully fitted Japanese Negoro Nuri reddish-orange and black four-tire round stacking Bento Box, with a lid. This type of bento box would be used for holidays and each of the four layers would hold small portions of highly decorated food. This wonderful round Judako is crafted from wood and then lacquered, first with black and then with vermilion. The red lacquer wears away gradually and irregularly with use, producing the effect of natural aging. The piece is signed on the inside of the lid.

Vintage Condition: Excellent, complete set as originally made. “As is” with no effects from aging, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage noted. 

NOTE: Negoro ware is named after its original place of manufacture at the Negoro temple in Japan's Kii Province, (Kishū), during the fourteenth century.