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Tiered lacquer picnic box


Length: 27.300 cm
Width: 27.300 cm
Height: 38.000 cm

Bequeathed by Oscar Raphael

Asia JA 1945.10-17.487.a

Rooms 92-94: Japan

    Tiered lacquer picnic box

    From Japan,
    Edo period, late 17th century AD

    The four separate compartments of this tiered box would have contained rice, fish, vegetables and pickles. The exuberant design is reminiscent of paintings of the Rimpa school artist Sōtatsu and his successors, and typifies the exuberant urban taste of the Genroku era (1688-1704).

    The box is decorated with black lacquer with gold hiramakie and shell inlay. In places silver powder has been mixed with the gold to give a paler effect. Again, for variety some of the poppy petals have been polished revealing the gold flakes suspended below the surface of the lacquer, to give the nashiji effect.

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


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