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A 19th century woven rattan musozutsu-style pipe.

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This 19th century woven rattan musozutsu-style pipe case by Maeyama Koshin is priced at £3800 from Rosemary Bandini Japanese Art.

The lacquer design is taken from the popular Japanese Noh play Kakji (The Swordsmith) and depicts an actor in the role of the rice goddess Inari, who in the story helps the master swordsmith Munechika forge a sword for Emperor Ichijo.

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