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Box for scrolls

Box for scrolls

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1650 - 1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood covered in black lacquer with gold <i>hiramaki-e</i> (metal powder sprinkled on to a lacquer design before it has hardened so that it is in low relief) and silvered metal fitting

  • Museum number:

    701-1901

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The water design on this box looks deceptively simple but it would have required the utmost skills to make. The undulating lines had to be drawn in a continuous sweep and without touching each other right around the surface of the box. Any hesitstaion or break in the line would have negatively affected the appearance of the swirling water, which almost seems to be moving.

Physical description

Box for scrolls (jikubako), of rectangular form and with a lid attached by a silvered metal fitting at one side, wood covered in black lacquer, the exterior with a continuous design of flowing water on the top, sides and bottom in gold hiramaki-e (metal powder sprinkled on to a lacquer design before it has hardened so that it is in low relief); the interior is of plain black lacquer.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

ca.1650 - 1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wood covered in black lacquer with gold hiramaki-e (metal powder sprinkled on to a lacquer design before it has hardened so that it is in low relief) and silvered metal fitting

Dimensions

Height: 5.3 cm, Length: 49.7 cm, Width: 6.9 cm

Descriptive line

Box for scrolls, wood covered in black and gold lacquer with an allover design of flowing water, Japan, ca.1650-1700

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Greenhalgh, Paul (Ed.), Art Nouveau: 1890-1914 . London: V&A Publications, 2000

Labels and date

Box for scrolls with waves
1650-1700

This design looks deceptively simple but it would have required the utmost skills to make. The undulating lines had to be drawn in a continuous sweep and without touching each other right around the surface of the box. Any hesitstaion or break in the line would have negatively affected the appearance of the swirling water, which almost seems to be moving.

Wood covered in black lacquer with gold hiramaki-e lacquer; silvered metal fitting

Museum no. 701-1901 [01/10/17]
BOX FOR A SCROLL
Wood covered in black lacquer with gold hiramaki-e lacquer: silvered metal fitting
Wave patterns
About 1650
701-1901 [1986]

Materials

Wood; Lacquer

Techniques

Lacquering

Subjects depicted

Waves (water)

Categories

Lacquerware; Containers

Collection

East Asia Collection

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