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Box

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1500-1600 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood covered in silver lacquer with gold and silver <i>hiramaki-e</i> (metal powder sprinkled on to a lacquer design before it has hardened so that it is in low relief) and <i>takamaki-e</i> lacquer (<i>maki-e</i> in which parts of the design can be raised by clay or charcoal powder), with gold and silver <i>kirikane</i> (metal foil cut to various shapes and individually set into lacquer, often as a mosaic) on a ground of imitation wood grain (mokume), and with <i>nashiji</i> lacquer (ground of gold flakes of irregular size and shape sprinkled on to resemble pear skin).

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    W.359-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Box and lid for a mirror, of circular form and with a domed lid, wood covered in silver lacquer, the lid exterior, sides and base sides with rocks, pine trees, blossoming plum trees and Tokugawa mon (family crests) on a ground of imitation wood grain (mokume) in gold and silver hiramaki-e (metal powder sprinkled on to a lacquer design befoire it has hardened so that it is in low relief) and takamaki-e (maki-e in which parts of the design can be raised by clay or charcoal powder) lacquer, with gold and silver kirikane (metal foil cut to various shapes and individually set into lacquer, often as a mosaic). The inside of the lid with rocks, pine trees, bamboo and a pair of cranes in similar techniques but on nashiji lacquer (ground of gold flakes of irregular size and shape sprinkled on to resemble pear skin); the interior and underside of the base is in nashiji lacquer.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

ca. 1500-1600 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Wood covered in silver lacquer with gold and silver hiramaki-e (metal powder sprinkled on to a lacquer design before it has hardened so that it is in low relief) and takamaki-e lacquer (maki-e in which parts of the design can be raised by clay or charcoal powder), with gold and silver kirikane (metal foil cut to various shapes and individually set into lacquer, often as a mosaic) on a ground of imitation wood grain (mokume), and with nashiji lacquer (ground of gold flakes of irregular size and shape sprinkled on to resemble pear skin).

Dimensions

Diameter: 13.97 cm, Height: 6.68 cm

Descriptive line

Box and lid, circular, with rocks, pine trees, plum blossoms and Tokugawa family crests on a ground of imitation wood grain in gold and silver lacquer, Japan, ca. 1500-1600

Labels and date

Box. Rocks, pine-trees, plum blossom and water, with Tokugawa crest. 18th century (middle).
W. 359-1910. [1920s]

Materials

Wood; Lacquer

Techniques

Lacquering

Subjects depicted

Trees; Mon

Categories

Lacquerware; Containers

Collection

East Asia Collection

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