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真鍮戒体箱
A Brass Box of Kaitai-Hako

Designation Prefecturally-Designated
Classification Arts and Crafts
Designated Date April 4, 1978
Amount 1
Address Aza-Osawa,Hiraizumi
Holder Motsu-ji
Retainer  
Administrator  
HomePage Hiraizumi's Cultural Heritage

Summary
Total Hight 12.3cm
Length 34.4cm
Width 14.1cm
Depth 9.1cm

It is a box and a lid with Inro-dukuri style.
The both, the body and the lid of the box are brass-foiled (except the bottom part), and wide and thick gilt bronze rims are fitted all edges of the box with rivets.
Various gilt-bronze decorative panels are fitted on every surface of the box, Katsuma and Rinbo ornaments are on the top, Rinbo is for the long side, Rinbo and Katsuma for the short side, and gilt-bronze Sankosho (the shape of a cross with three prongs on each arm) are for each corner of the box and the top.
Inside the box, brocade (decorative colorful cloth) mounted all around, all others lost but one.
There are metal washer on both sides of the box, with purple tie.
The decorative boards are thin, with openwork and finely engraved lines.
It is used to contain the equipments and small objects at the time of important Buddhist ceremony like Kanjo. However, it is very rare to keep existing box like this.
Furthermore, it came over to Japan from China at the time of Muromachi period, made of precious brass and kept the original shape almost perfectly.