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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    Ca. 1775-1825

  • 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), <i>nashiji</i> lacquer (a ground of irregularly-shaped flakes of gold suspended in clear or yellowish lacquer resembling pear skin) and black lacquer sprinkled with gold flakes (k<i>inpun</i>).

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    W.224-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Incense box of rectangular form and with an overhanging lid with deep sides, wood covered in black lacquer with an allover design of peony sprays with crests (mon) of the Tokugawa and Ikeda (butterfly) families, on a geometric ground 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 in nashiji lacquer (a ground of irregularly-shaped flakes of gold suspended in clear or yellowish lacquer resembling pear skin) and the underside in black lacquer sprinkled with gold flakes (kinpun).

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

Ca. 1775-1825

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), nashiji lacquer (a ground of irregularly-shaped flakes of gold suspended in clear or yellowish lacquer resembling pear skin) and black lacquer sprinkled with gold flakes (kinpun).

Dimensions

Length: 2 1/8 in, Width: 1 5/8 in, Depth: 1 5/16 in

Descriptive line

Box of rectangular form and with an overhanging lid, wood covered in black lacquer, peony sprays with Tokugawa and Ikeda family crests on a geometric ground in gold lacquer, Japan, ca. 1775-1825

Materials

Wood; Lacquer

Techniques

Lacquering

Subjects depicted

Peonies; Mon; Geometric pattern

Categories

Containers; Lacquerware

Collection

East Asia Collection

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