Saddle

From Japan
Edo period, equivalent to AD 1659

This is an outstanding example from the mid-seventeenth century revival of lacquer styles of the Kamakura and Muromachi periods (that is, 1185-1568). The whole saddle is decorated with lacquer and inlay designs. The outer sides are decorated in takamakie and tortoiseshell inlay with dragons among clouds. The seat is chequered with mother-of-pearl and the inner sides have fine mother-of-pearl inlay in linked circles.

The date is given in an ink inscription on the base.

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Bibliography

L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)

, Hakubutsukan shozō Nihon-Ch (Tokyo National Museum, 1987)

L. Smith and V. Harris, Japanese decorative arts from (London, The British Museum Press, 1982)

Dimensions

Length: 38.500 cm (seat)
Height: 27.000 cm (front)
Height: 27.000 cm (front)

Museum number

Asia JA 1974.5-13.3

JCR8429

Gift of Sir H.M. Garner

Location

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