A puzzle box (also called a secret box or trick box) is a box that can only be opened by solving a puzzle. Some require only a simple move and others a series of discoveries.
Modern puzzle boxes developed from furniture and jewelry boxes with secret compartments and hidden openings, known since Renaissance time. Puzzle boxes produced for entertainment first appeared in Victorian England in the 19th century and as tourist souvenirs in the Interlaken region in Switzerland and in the Hakone region of Japan at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.
The Japanese puzzle box is a traditional Personal Secret Box (Himitsu-Bako) that was designed over 150 years ago in the Hakone region of Japan. The Hakone Mountains are noted for their great variety of trees.
The Japanese puzzle box takes advantage of this wide variety of natural wood colours and textures to produce their elaborate geometric patterns.
It is valued as a Yosegi-Zaiku a mosaic woodwork, the geometric design is made by binding together various shades of wood.
Meaurements 15 x 10 x 7cm
- Japanese puzzle Himitsu-Bako box
- various types of wood
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- Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes