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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood covered in gold and silver lacquer

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Misses Alexander

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Box, lid and tray, of squared form and with rounded corners, and with an overhanging lid that has scalloped edges to accomodate a gilt metal, leaf-shaped fitting (for a cord, now missing) in the centre of the base on each main side; the lid exterior is decorated with pine and bamboo on a rocky outcrop, together with a pair of Tokugawa mon (family crests), with the subject continuing round the sides in gold and silver takamaki-e ('high sprinkled picture') and hiramaki-e ('low sprinkled picture'), with gold and silver kirikane ('cut gold') and gold and silver foil on a nashi-ji (pear skin ground) lacquer. The interior of the box, lid and tray is of nashi-ji lacquer and the underside of the tray and box is of black lacquer sparsely sprinkled with gold powder.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1750-1800 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wood covered in gold and silver lacquer


Length: 18.4 cm, Width: 15.6 cm

Descriptive line

Box, lid and tray, decorated with pine and bamboo on a rocky outcrop with scattered Tokugawa mon in gold and silver lacquer on gold nashi-ji ('pear skin ground') lacquer, Japan, 1750-1800.


Wood; Lacquer

Subjects depicted

Bamboo; Trees; Mon


Lacquerware; Containers


East Asia Collection

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