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05/08 17:19 EDT

Japanese Sumitsubo: Carpenter’s Wood Chalkline
May 2013 Auction by Far East Asian Art

The wonderfully carved Japanese “sumi-tsubo” (ink pot) was once used by carpenters to mark long, straight, precise cut-lines on the surface of timber. Hand-crafted from durable and finely grained keyaki wood, it dates from the mid-to late 19th century. The bronze handle is engraved with a Noh mask. Generally the more fancifully carved and decorated sumi-tsubo, such as this example, were the type used by the most skilled carpenters or architects...
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