This is a natural wood Japanese hibachi used in Japan not for cooking but for heating their home by burning charcoal. These were used all through Japanese history up to the mid 1900's after WW2.It's 15 inches high at its highest point and 18 to 21 inches wide. The centered copper insert is 9 1/2 inches wide and 5 3/4 inches deep. It weighs approximately 35 pounds. A natural wood hibachi like this had to be found as a stump in the forest. When a tree was cut down just the stump was left behind. Sometimes the stump started growing again around its outside edges. The interior of the stump being dead would rot away.
For someone to make a hibachi like this, they had to wander the forest, find a stump that had grown around its edges, (where it had been cut down), then the finder would dig around the base. Cut away the bottom of the stump and bring it home. From there they would make a wood base and line the interior with metal, usually copper.To use it as a hibachi they would take ashes from another hibachi fill this hibachi with them and burn a handful of charcoal to generate heat during Japan's winters. These are usually used for decorative flower arrangements. Please see our "Other" items. The item "RARE ANTIQUE JAPANESE NATURAL WOOD HIBACHI / Ikebana Flower Pot" is in sale since Sunday, April 4, 2021.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Other Japanese Antiques". The seller is "lsjapanstuff" and is located in Alhambra, California.This item can be shipped worldwide.