Antique Japanese Kago


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A Kago (basket) was a palanquin.  It was carried by two or more men on a long pole that attached to the roof.   In the simplest form it was an open sided seat.  For royalty it was a beautifully lacquered ornate box.  This one fell somewhere in the middle to upper classes with opaque black lacquer roof and details.  The windows had sliding shoji paper windows, sudare bamboo blinds and cotton blackout curtains.  The interior has a folding tray table, rice straw padded elbow and back rests.   It would make an interesting suspended light in the right situation or symbol of travel.  It could also me restored to be a more finished object of interest. 
  • Lacquered Sugi - Japanese cedar wood
  • Bamboo Sudare
  • Edo Period
  • 45.5" x 31.5" x 40.5" (width, depth, height)

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