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Bowl

Bowl

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1775-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood covered in gold <i>nashij</i><i>i </i>(irregularly-shaped flakes of gold suspended in clear or yellowish lacquer resembling pear skin), with gold and silver <i>takamaki-e</i> (a <i>maki-e</i> technique in which parts of the design are raised by adding clay or charcoal powder to the lacquer) and <i>hiramaki-e</i> (metal powder sprinkled on to a design before it hardens so that it is in low relief), gold and silver <i>kirikane</i> (metal foil cut to various shapes and individually set into lacquer, often as a mosaic); metal mounts

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Stein

  • Museum number:

    W.7-1934

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Bowl for washing, wood covered in gold nashiji (irregularly-shaped flakes of gold suspended in clear or yellowish lacquer resembling pear skin), the deep sides of the bowl curving out towards the top before turning sharply in, together with a pair of handles with scalloped edges on either side, edged with metal mounts decorated with a floral scroll and a mon consisting of eight small balls surrounding one larger one. The bowl is decorated with bamboo and blossoming plum trees which grow up and over the outside of the bowl from the bottom of the foot, with the design of bamboo leaves continuing on to the upper surface of the handles, scattered with mon formed by a pair of sparrows within two bamboo stems curved to form a circle, in gold and silver takamaki-e(a maki-e technique in which parts of the design are raised by adding clay or charcoal powder to the lacquer), with gold and silver kirikane (metal foil cut to various shapes and individually set into lacquer, often as a mosaic), with the underside of the handles also being in nashiji. The bowl interior is decorated with water plants and stylised water in gold and silver hiramaki-e (metal powder sprinkled on to a lacquer design before it hardens so that it is in low relief) on a black lacquer ground with sparse nashiji, the same ground also being used on the underside of the foot.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

ca. 1775-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wood covered in gold nashiji (irregularly-shaped flakes of gold suspended in clear or yellowish lacquer resembling pear skin), with gold and silver takamaki-e (a maki-e technique in which parts of the design are raised by adding clay or charcoal powder to the lacquer) and hiramaki-e (metal powder sprinkled on to a design before it hardens so that it is in low relief), gold and silver kirikane (metal foil cut to various shapes and individually set into lacquer, often as a mosaic); metal mounts

Dimensions

Height: 15.5 cm, Width: 35 cm, Diameter: 29.5 cm

Descriptive line

Bowl for washing, wood covered in gold lacquer with bamboo and flowering plum trees in gold and silver lacquer, the interior with water plants and stylised water in gold and silver lacquer on a black lacquer ground, Japan, ca. 1775-1850

Materials

Wood; Lacquer; Metal

Techniques

Lacquering

Subjects depicted

Trees; Water; Mon; Bamboo

Categories

Lacquerware; Containers

Collection

East Asia Collection

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