The People Behind a Masterpiece

A few years ago I was surfing the eBay auctions when suddenly one of the lots attracted my attention. There was a stunning Japanese cigarette case for sale. Then I didnít know yet it was made by Otojiro Komai in a Nunome Zogan technique, but it was so beautiful, that I was completely amazed and bought it. Thatís how I started collecting Japanese cigarette cases from the Meiji era (and later from Taisho and Showa eras as well).

By the time, I realized that there is so little information about these cases, especially their makers, that I started my own little research. This site is dedicated to attribute different Japanese cigarette cases by makerís marks engraved on them and is updated from time to time. At some moment I thought it will be useful to people that have such cases to know a little bit about artist who have created the piece they own without making a long time research and I decided to share the information I found so far. If you have information that is not provided here, It will be very appreciated if you can share it with me.