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Tray

Tray

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    early 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lacquered wood

  • Credit Line:

    Tomkinson Memorial Fund

  • Museum number:

    W.65-1922

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The use of techniques such as 'maki-e' (sprinkled pictures) to create objects of ornate beauty and utility, as upon this tray, were pivotal to lacquer wares endorsement as a luxury commodity rather than the poor quality, plain wares of the underprivileged. This was due to the lengthy manufacturing process, the intricacy of the decorative techniques, the expense of the raw materials and the range and scale of compositions which enhanced the prestige of lacquer ware and restricted its use to the wealthy elite and merchant classes.

Physical description

Tray from an Incense Ceremony set; decorated with a landscape with waves, rocks, pines, willows and cherry trees and a large pheasant standing on a rock; in takamaki-e (high sprinkled picture) of gold and silver; base of tray in nashiji (pear-skin ground).

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

early 18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Lacquered wood

Dimensions

Height: 1.9 cm, Length: 20.32 cm, Width: 16.51 cm

Descriptive line

Tray from an Incense Ceremony set; decorated with a landscape with waves, rocks, pines, willows and cherry trees and a large pheasant standing on a rock; in takamaki-e (high sprinkled pictures) of gold and silver; base of tray in nashiji (pear-skin ground), Japan, early 18th century.

Materials

Wood; Lacquer

Techniques

Lacquering

Categories

Lacquerware; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

East Asia Collection

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