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  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650-1750 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lacquered woven bamboo base with gold and silver lacquer

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Misses Alexander

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Lidded box, of rounded form and with rounded corners, decorated with cherry trees in blossom which continue over to the base in gold and silver takamki-e lacquer on a patterned, woven bamboo ground which is lacquered red, with borders of floral scrolls all round the sides of the box on top and bottom in gold hiramaki-e lacquer on a nashi-ji lacquer ground; in the centre of the bottom is a piece of gold and brown brocade decorated with a scroll of birds and flowers. The inside of the lid of the box is decorated with bamboos by a stream in gold and silver takamaki-e and hiramaki-e lacquer with kirikane ('cut gold') on a nashi-ji lacquer ground. Silver fittings in the shape of battledores are fixed to either side of lid, to which are attached very faded red silk cords with tassels.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


ca. 1650-1750 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Lacquered woven bamboo base with gold and silver lacquer


Height: 12 1/2 in, Width: 10 1/2 in, Depth: 4 in

Descriptive line

Lidded box, cherry trees in blossom in gold and silver lacquer on a patterned, woven bamboo ground lacquered red, borders of floral scrolls in gold lacquer on nashi-ji lacquer, Japan, ca. 1650-1750.


Bamboo; Lacquer

Subjects depicted

Trees; Bamboo


Lacquerware; Containers


East Asia Collection

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