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Container and lid
  • Container and lid
    Namikawa Yasuyuki, born 1845 - died 1927
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Container and lid

  • Place of origin:

    Kyoto (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880-ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Namikawa Yasuyuki, born 1845 - died 1927 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper, gold, silver, cloisonné enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Margary Gift

  • Museum number:

    M.75:1, 2-1969

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This small and elegant tea-jar (Japanese: natsume) has all the characteristics of the best work of Namikawa Yasuyuki (1847-1910). The mirror-black cloisonné enamel ground is covered with gold and silver wire decoration of scrolling karakusa (Chinese grass). These are combined with summer flowers in shades of polychrome cloisonné enamels with small roundels to accentuate the flowers.

The jar is quite heavy for its size, and the interior and base are all gilded in a deep golden colour. The base carries an applied silver plaque with the incised inscription 'Kyoto Namikawa'.

Physical description

Copper bodied box and lid with gold and silver wires and cloisonné enamels.

Place of Origin

Kyoto (made)


ca. 1880-ca. 1900 (made)


Namikawa Yasuyuki, born 1845 - died 1927 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Copper, gold, silver, cloisonné enamels

Marks and inscriptions

Kyoto Namikawa
Namikawa of Kyoto


Height: 6.4 cm including lid, Diameter: 5.4 cm

Object history note

Margary Gift

Descriptive line

Copper container and lid, covered with cloisonné enamels and mounted in silver and gilt; decorated with small coloured flowers; Namikawa, Kyoto, ca. 1890-1900.


Copper; Gold; Silver; Enamel






East Asia Collection

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