Woman’s pipe cover and tobacco pouch
Asa, silk cord, metal catch, stiffened paper lining
Stenciled; dye and pigment

Matched sets for long narrow pipes and tobacco were common in Edo and Meiji period Japan, and could be very elaborate. The pipe would be inserted where the white polka dots are visible here. This pouch is lined with the same material as the outer. Notice the flap open at the right side for easy access, and sewn down at the left side, providing a nice design touch.

Morning glories were very popular as a motif. The black pigment is probably sumi ink.

Below is an Utamaro ukiyo-e of a woman smoking. At her knee is a smoking box, with an ash tray at the top, and several drawers below for smoking accoutrements.

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