In the Edo Period (1603-1868), a new industry appeared that produced and dealt with Fukuromono - which means purse, pouch, or bag in Japanese. In this industry fukuromono-shi (craftspeople) and fukuromono-ya (dealers) worked in tandem to create impeccable custom designed works.
Producing these bespoke works required highly skilled craftspeople from different disciplines - metalwork, lacquer, embroidery, and netsuke sculpture, to name a few – and quickly developed into a very specialized industry.
This case is a fine example of a work that resulted from these collaborative efforts. The craftsmanship of the small metal fastener is outstanding. The case waits curiously and patiently to see how the contemporary eye will react to its beauty.