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Hakone Yosegi Traditional Marquetry Secret Box, 21 steps FUJI TSUBAKI

Reference 10-HAK-H2133
Hakone Yosegi Traditional Marquetry Secret Box, 21 steps



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Technical Data

Width 8.5 cm
Length 11.8 cm
Compositions wood
Packing Packaged in a cardboard box
Product origin made in Japan
Height 5.1 cm

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Secret box in traditional Yosegi marquetry from Hakone, 21 levels

Yosegi art

How are patterns created? Its history How to take care of Yosegi products? How are patterns created?

Yosegi is a type of Japanese geometric woodworking that originated in the Hakone Mountains in the Edo period.

The patterns are created using different colours of wood for each section. Common colours used in Yosegi patterns are white (spindle trees or llex macropoda), black (aged Katsura), yellow (Picrasma quassioides, mulberry or sumac), brown (camphor and Amur maackia), purple (American black walnut), blue (Japanese cucumber) and red (Chinese cedar).

The wood is cut into oblong stems before being glued to create the pattern, after which thin slices of the pattern are cut and glued onto the boxes. The boxes are then coated with a lacquer to give them a shiny appearance and protect them.

Its history

Yosegi-zaiku (寄木細工), or simply yosegi (寄木), is a type of traditional Japanese marquetry that emerged in the late Edo period (1603 - 1867). Yosegi inlay is commonly used on the outer sides of Japanese secret boxes (himitsu-bako), but also decorates many other crafts, such as trays, chests, picture frames and jewellery boxes.  Hakone-yosegi-zaiku marquetry, typical of the Hakone region, was created in the late Edo period by a local craftsman, Nihei Ishikawa (1790-1850). The village of Hakone, located about 100 km east of Tokyo in Kanagawa Prefecture, is particularly famous for its himitsu-bako and marquetry.

The use of Hakone-yosegi-zaiku marquetry to decorate himitsu-bako boxes is late, dating from the Meiji era (1868-1912). The first secret opening boxes, called sikake-bako or tie-bako, are relatively simple and not very decorated. During the 19th century, the combinations of movements of the moving parts became more complex. Around 1870, the master craftsmen Takajiro Ohkawa, Tatsunosuke Okiyama and Kikukawa integrated yosegi-zaiku decoration into the manufacture of these boxes, thus creating the first himitsu-bako of Hakone.

How to take care of Yosegi products?

To care for yosegi products, simply polish them with a soft, dry cloth and refrain from exposing them to excessive sunlight, moisture or heat.

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