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Letter box

Letter box

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood covered in gold hiramaki-e (low sprinkled picture) and takamaki-e (high sprinkled picture) lacquer, inlaid with silver and gold foil on <i>nashi-ji</i> (pear skin ground) lacquer

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Misses Alexander

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.549-1916

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Box for letters (fubako), part of a wedding trousseau, of rectangular form and with rounded corners, with an overhanging lid that has scalloped edges in the middle of the base on each side to accomodate a silver metal fitting (for a cord, now missing), wood covered in gold lacquer and decorated with a mon(family crest) of six barrels; the box is decorated on the lid and base in such a way that the design on each matches up, with poem cards tied to branches of cherry and plum blossoms, together with two different scatterd mon, one of a stylised ginkgo flower and the other with barrels, the same as on the silver metal fittings, in gold hiramaki-e (low sprinkled picture) and takamaki-e (high sprinkled picture), inlaid with silver and gold foil on a nashi-ji (pear skin ground) lacquer; the interior and underside of the box is of nashi-ji.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

1750-1800 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wood covered in gold hiramaki-e (low sprinkled picture) and takamaki-e (high sprinkled picture) lacquer, inlaid with silver and gold foil on nashi-ji (pear skin ground) lacquer

Dimensions

Width: 8.9 cm, Length: 36.7 cm

Descriptive line

Letter box with decorated poem cards tied to branches of cherry and plum blossoms, with two different mon (family crests) in gold lacquer on a gold nashiji (pear skin) lacquer ground, Japan, 1750-1800.

Materials

Wood; Lacquer

Subjects depicted

Trees; Mon

Categories

Lacquerware; Containers; Stationery; Writing

Collection

East Asia Collection

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