Japanese Puzzle Box Mame 14steps Yosegi (Smallest puzzle box)

  • Japanese Puzzle box - Himitsu bako-Tiny Mame 14steps Ko-yosegi

    Traditional Japanese secret opening boxes were first made in the Hakone region about the 1890's by master woodworker Ryugoro Okawa and are decorated with a veneer called yosegi zaiku marquetry. Today the youngest of the Himitsu-Bako Master craftsman is about 60 years old. This very precise process starts with selecting the wood to be used taking care with the combination of colours to be used, then allowing it to dry, before cutting the wood and then gluing it together to form the desired pattern. Then the box is built and each movement must be tested to ensure all the mechanics of the puzzle are working correctly. Last of all, very thin sheets of the glued patterns called zuku are shaved with a special plane and glued on to the puzzle to give the final marquetry finish to the piece.

This box is 14steps, The mechanism is opened little by little in order, and the lid opens by the 10nd. "Mame" means beans in Japanese. That is, it is very small but packed with challenging 14 steps to open. This marquetry pattern is "Ko-yosegi" in Japanese.

*Marquetry(yosegi) patterns differ by each puzzle box.

outside size : 43x30x27mm

inside size : about 18 x 22 x 12 mm

Brand New: with Description(solution) and the gift box