Restoration in Progess–What Even Is This?

Can you just feel the confidence spewing from me in that title? Well, I’m honest if nothing else. What I do know about this thing is that it’s big, it’s amazing, it’s beautiful, it needs repaired, and that I absolutely had to have it. What I don’t know about it is…well, just what in the mighty blue fuck it actually is.

Pictured: literally me.

So here it is. It’s a… display in a display? I don’t goddamn know, but BEHOLD:

I’ve got some glass to replace, some finish to repair, and some fine carving to reseat.

I think that it might be missing something up here, but I have no idea what it could be because I don’t know what this is.

Pictured: Nani the fuck?

It has stairs and a balcony. Because…reasons?

It has a front door. Because WHY NOT.

So, I’m going to get to work cleaning and fixing the things I can identify. But anyone have any earthly idea what this is? It was sold as a “Netsuke Reliquary.” I’m not sure that’s a thing, and I’ve also never seen a netsuke display that looks like this. Provenance is only as old as the mid-1930’s.

Is it a really bizarre and custom kamidana?

Is it just someone’s amazing art project?

Did people rip hot rails of white lightning off of this thing?

HALP.

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