Japanese Antique Tobacco Case & Pipe with the Gods Daikoku and Ebisu
|Size||The Wood Tobacco Case 10 cm & Pipe Case is 27cm|
This beautiful old Japanese Tobacco Case and Pipe in the form of the two lucky gods Daikoku and Ebisu, both belong to the Seven Gods of Fortune, mythological figures from the old Japanese religion of Shintoism.
The wood tobacco case is carved two pieces of wood; the head and the lid, the faces on both sides are the two lucky gods Daikoku and Ebisu, the face with a peaked hat is Daikoku and the other face is Ebisu. The wood has been beautifully painted with red lacquer to great effect, the wear from use leaves part of the wood exposed from the lacquer creating highlights.
There is a glass Ojime on the cord leading to a finely carved wood pipe case with red lacquer finish. The old pipe is made from brass & bamboo.
Smoking tobacco also became part of the tea ceremony entertainment where people smoked together for relaxation.
Dating from the 19th Century.
Provenance: Old Australian Collection. The Todd Barlin Collection of Asian Art & Buddhist Art
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