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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1825-1860 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood covered in black and gold lacquer; silk cord and tassels.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Queen Victoria

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Rectangular, lidded box with an overhanging lid, wood covered in black lacquer and decorated with floral scrolls over the entire exterior surface in gold hiramaki-e ('flat sprinkled picture') and takamaki-e ('high sprinkled picture') lacquer, with a pair of thick red silk cords, each with a large red tassel (faded), attached to either side of the lower part of the box by a silvered metal ring; black lacquer interior and underside.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


ca. 1825-1860 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Wood covered in black and gold lacquer; silk cord and tassels.


Height: 3 3/4 in, Length: 16 1/4 in, Width: 4 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 box, wood covered in black lacquer, decorated with floral scrolls in gold lacquer, with attached red silk cords (faded), Japan, ca. 1825-1860.


Wood; Lacquer; Silk braid

Subjects depicted

Floral scrolls


Lacquerware; Containers


East Asia Collection

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