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Karabitsu (Chinese Chest)

Anonymus14th Century Northern and Southern Courts Period

Mt. Mitoku Sanbutsu ji Temple

Mt. Mitoku Sanbutsu ji Temple
Misasa-cho, Touhaku District, Japan

Town Designated Tangible Cultural Property
A Chinese style chest made from plain cedar wood. It is called a karabitsu because it has legs. As with buildings and statues, the wood has been scientifically examined to date back to the Northern and Southern Courts Period (1369). Chests were typically used for ceremonial pieces or clothing, but ones made of plain wood were mainly used for storing important documents such as official papers.

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