Lacquer pyx (sacrament
Late 16th -
early 17th century AD
ornament on this pyx is an example of how Japanese lacquer and
artists adapted their skills to cater for European taste. The body
of the box has a complicated all-over design of flowers and leaves.
The decorative rim finished with metal on the lid is a European
addition. On the top of the lid appear the initials IHS, the
monogram of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuit brotherhood, who
organized Catholic missionaries to Japan.
L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)