Vintage Japanese Abacus - Elaborate Markings on Reverse

Vintage Japanese Abacus - Elaborate Markings on Reverse


On my last buying trip to Japan I discovered a hoard of abaci tucked away at one of my favorite thrift stores in Kyoto. I bought one and it sold immediately once I returned home. Lesson learned! This time I managed to find 5 really lovely examples and I’m excited to offer them here. They are listed individually but if you are interested in multiples we can work out a discount.

This medium sized abacus is extremely well made. Features traditional Japanese woodworking details like a dove tail join at each corner. The wood has a beautiful patina to it.

My favorite part of this model is the writing on the back. I haven’t been able to translate the whole text but it appears to be a special 30th Anniversary edition for this company. The craving are really quite beautiful.

Measures 4.5” x 13”

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