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Dressing set, made of wood lacquered in black with gold makie; consisting of cubical box with two deep drawers surmounted by a mirror-stand, rectangular box of square section with divided tray, two cubic boxes with overlapping lids, circular box in three sections, conical lidded container with tray, oval box red inside (no lid), and three wooden combs with teeth of varying fineness, brush with white bristles, all decorated in 'paulownia imperialis'; also tinned bronze mirror with emblems of longevity in high relief on back; also circular mirror-box and six brush backs in three pairs, all decorated with peonies and camellias.
- Production date
Diameter: 11.80 centimetres (mirror)
Height: 62 centimetres
Weight: 836 grammes (mirror)
Width: 27 centimetres
Depth: 27 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Mirror stand and set of drawers, 1700s-1800s
When a samurai woman married, she moved to live with her husband's family. Among the precious possessions she took with her were a combined mirror stand and set of drawers. This one has a design of paulownia (a flowering tree) in gold on black lacquer, popular with noble families.
The drawers hold containers for cosmetics, such as rouge (made from safflower), finely powdered rice flour to whiten the face, and charcoal black to paint false eyebrows.
(Label copy, 2017)
Smith et al 1990
This kind of mirror stand was the Japanese equivalent of the dressing-table, forming part of the trousseau of the daughters of 'daimyo' during the Edo period. The whole trousseau might consist of a set of lacquered furniture and accessories, including a set of shelves (1946,1012.1), the incense game (1912,1012.21), the shell game (1933,1211.1) and lacquered clothes stands.
This set includes boxes for face powder, hair oil, powder brushes, combs, razors, scents and a mirror. The decoration is mostly of bamboo and paulownia boughs, but the mirror box and the six brushes are decorated with peonies and camellias, and must have originally belonged to a different trousseau.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2006 Oct 13-, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
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- Additional IDs
Other BM number: OA+.7379 (Obsolete temporary number)