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Box

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1825-1860 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood covered in black and gold lacquer; red silk cords, silver fittings.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Queen Victoria

  • Museum number:

    289-1865

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Lidded cosmetic box and tray with an overhanging lid, and with a pair of large red (faded) silk cords and tassels each fixed to a metal ring on the bottom section of the box, wood covered in black lacquer and decorated with cherry blossoms and floral scrolls in gold hiramaki-e and takamaki-e lacquer; the box contains 11 combs, 2 brushes, 11 wrappers and 2 paper knots for styling the hair and applying make-up.The interior and underside of the box is in black lacquer.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

ca.1825-1860 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Wood covered in black and gold lacquer; red silk cords, silver fittings.

Dimensions

Height: 7 in, Length: 11 in, Width: 9 in

Object history note

This box was part of a group of lacquer items which were a gift from the Shogun Tokugawa Iemochi (r.1858-66) to Queen Victoria (r.1837-1901) in 1860, and subsequently donated to the V&A in 1865.

Descriptive line

Lidded cosmetic box and tray containing combs, brushes and other items for styling the hair, wood covered in black and gold lacquer, decorated with floral scrolls and with large red (faded) silk cords and tassels, Japan, ca. 1825-1860.

Materials

Wood; Lacquer; Silk

Subjects depicted

Floral scrolls

Categories

Lacquerware; Hair and hairstyles; Containers

Collection

East Asia Collection

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