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Box, sacrament pyx with lid. Nanban piece. Decorated with leaves and flowers; lid with monogram of Society of Jesus (IHS). Made of black lacquer with gold makie and mother-of-pearl inlaid wood; also bronze.
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Diameter: 11.20 centimetres
Height: 9 centimetres (with lid)
- Curator's comments
This box stored bread that was blessed for use in a Chiristian servise. The letters IHS are inlaid on the lid in maother-of- peral.
They are the first three letters of the name Jesus in Greek, and are the emblem of the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits.
The box is decorated in a style called 'Southern Barbarian', or Nanban-meaning European. This was often used in Japan for objects associated with the outside world.
The leaves in gold and silver dust and shell inlay are typical of this technique. The metal rim was probably added in Europe.
Wood, lacquer, gold, shell inlay, late 1500s-early 1600s
(Label copy, 2017)
Smith et al 1990
The pyx, which is decorated with leaves and flowers, has the monogram of the Society of Jesus (IHS) in shell inlay on the lid. The metal rim is a European addition.
- On display (G93/dc4/sA)
- Exhibition history
2017-2018 2 Nov-8 Apr, BM Gallery 35, Living with gods
2006 Oct 13-, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
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