Vintage Abalone Mother Of Pearl Crane Inlay Smoking Box

This is a RARE, VINTAGE, EXCELLENT Condition, Hand-Crafted " Lacquered Japanese Lacquer Wood With Inlaid Crane Birds And Pine Tree Abalone Mother-Of-Pearl Inlay Wooden Lidded Cigarette Storage Smoking Stash Box With Brass Ashtray " made in Japan in the mid-1940s . My father bought this Box at a shop in the village of Toshima while he was studying at the University of Nagoya in Japan in 1946. Although he was not a smoker, the inlay work was so captivating that he purchased it as a display piece. Never used as a Smoking Box, both the box and ashtray are in EXCELLENT Condition with NO marks, stains, odors or other damage; it comes (ironically) from a smoke-free, pet-free home. Measuring approximately 9 inches long, approximately 5 1/4 inches wide and approximately 2 1/2 inches tall, the lid if fully removable. The EXQUISITE Mother-of-Pearl design depicts a several cranes congregating on the branches of Pine Trees. In Japan, the pine tree is a symbol of elevated consciousness and dignified spirit; and cranes represent nobility. The elaborate inlay detail makes this a breathtaking piece for storing personal items or simply for display. It is quite remarkable that the artist could depict the scene in such detail without brush or pen, but only with hand-cut abalone mother of pearl strips. The Lacquer finish is rich and inside, below

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