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Tray

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood covered in black, brown and gold lacquer, with gold, brown, black and red <i>hiramaki-e</i> lacquer (metal powder sprinkled on to a lacquer design before it has hardened) and <i>takamaki-e</i> lacquer (<i>maki-e</i> in which parts of the design can be raised by clay or charcoal powder), inlaid with ivory, shell, hardstones and gold foil (<i>kinpaku</i>)

  • Museum number:

    211-1881

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Tray of rectangular form with slightly curved sides, inverted corners and a slightly everted rim, wood which is either lightly covered or, in places, more thickly covered in black, brown and gold lacquer, with an outdoor scene of groups of rakan (Buddhist disciples), a dragon and tiger in gold, brown, black and red hiramaki-e (metal powder sprinkled on to a lacquer design before it has hardened) and takamaki-e lacquer (maki-e in which parts of the design can be raised by clay or charcoal powder), the whole being inlaid with ivory, shell, hardstones and gold foil (kinpaku). The upper part of the decorative area is inscribed with a poem in gold hiramaki-e lacquer and the centre of all four rims depict a mon (family crest) of the Tokugawa family in gold foil on a gold lacquer ground.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

ca. 1880 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wood covered in black, brown and gold lacquer, with gold, brown, black and red hiramaki-e lacquer (metal powder sprinkled on to a lacquer design before it has hardened) and takamaki-e lacquer (maki-e in which parts of the design can be raised by clay or charcoal powder), inlaid with ivory, shell, hardstones and gold foil (kinpaku)

Marks and inscriptions

For many, the scriptures of the future will be empty / no longer is there any place where a divine power reigns / gone are the famous and ideal models to follow / what has happened to that which is known to remain? / This design has been made form the vestiges of legends passed on and followed (Rough translation by Julia Hutt)
The tray is inscribed with this poem in gold lacquer.

Dimensions

Width: 64.8 cm, Height: 49.2 cm, Depth: 3.8 cm

Descriptive line

Tray, wood covered in black, brown, gold and red lacquer inlaid with ivory, shell, hardstones and gold foil, with Buddhist disciples, a dragon and a tiger, Japan, ca. 1880

Materials

Wood; Lacquer; Ivory; Hardstones; Mother-of-pearl

Techniques

Lacquering

Subjects depicted

Tigers; Mon; Dragons; Religious (people)

Categories

Buddhism; Lacquerware; Food vessels & Tableware

Collection

East Asia Collection

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