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~This information was current as of August 2000.

The photographs on this page are taken from books published in Japan about the history of Yosegi-Zaiku (yosegi skilled-craft).

The box on the right combines marquetry on the top with yosegi on the sides.

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old_box4.JPG (14993 bytes) On this box, you see 'patches' of yosegi as embellishment.

This item is called a makura.  It was very handy while travelling.

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old_box5_open.JPG (16334 bytes) The makura above dissembled into its parts.


Another beautiful box.

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old_box6_open.JPG (14331 bytes) You can begin to see how items like the yosegi boxes that appear on this page are thought to be the predecessor to himitsu bako (secret boxes).

An intricate yosegi pattern covers this antique secret box.

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old_box5.JPG (12759 bytes) This item illustrates that the koyosegi pattern, that embellishes so many secret boxes today, has been around for a while.

A very attractive pattern decorates this secret box.

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A mechanical puzzle is a self-contained object, composed of one or more parts, which involves a problem for one person to solve by manipulation using logic, reasoning, insight, luck, and/or dexterity.” - Jerry Slocum

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