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Frame (altar piece for Christian image). Nanban piece. Decorated with birds, trees and gourds in gold makie and shell inlay on black ground; with gilt-bronze fittings decorated with line-engraved chrysanthemums on punched nanako ground.
- Production date
Length: 27.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
This alterpiece was made small enough to be easily carried around. It would have held a painting, perhaps an image of Jesus's mother, the Virgin Mary, painted at the Jesuit academy in Nagasaki.
Many such religious images were destroyed dueing the persecutation of Japanese Chiritians during the 1620s and 1630s.
Wood, lacquer, gold, shell inlay, late 1500s-early 1600s
Given by Sir Harry and Lady Garner
(Label copy, 2017)
Smith et al 1990
The frame and doors are decorated with birds, trees and gourds in gold 'makie' and shell inlay on a black ground. The gilt-bronze fittings are decorated with line-engraved chrysanthemums on a punched 'nanako' ground, and the catch is largely a European replacement.
- On display (G93/dc4/sA)
- Exhibition history
2006 Oct 13-, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
- Acquisition date
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