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pyx / lid

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  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC(late)-17thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 9 centimetres (with lid)
    • Diameter: 11.2 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Comment

        The monogram of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuit brotherhood, who organized Catholic missionaries to Japan.
  • Curator's comments

    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.

  • Bibliography

    • Edo BM 1982 102 bibliographic details
    • Smith et al 1990 88 c bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    2006 Oct 13-, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'

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