An example of the care that was taken by artisans in old Japan to produce utilitarian items of quiet beauty, this 19th century mid-Meiji period cask was used for mixing and storing sushi rice. It is constructed of cedar staves held in place with twisted bamboo. A favorite Japanese motif, the plum blossom crest, decorates the lid and one end of the piece, and another crest, probably the mon of the family that had the tub made, decorates the other end piece. It is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 16" (41 cm), width 19" (49 cm), depth 13" (33 cm).