Edo Period Lacquer Box
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All Items: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: item # 1160655
Kawakami 2891-4 Yufuin-cho
Yufu-shi, Oita-ken 879-5102 Japan
This remarkable box made of lacquer and gold dates from the end of the Edo period (1615-1868). It was probably used as a bowl, but it could make a sublime candy box, too.
The box bears the emblem of the Tokugawa clan, the three hollyhocks crest (maruni mitsu aoi) of the family that ruled Japan during that period.
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The box is in good condition, but there are several minute dents around the mouth and at the rim of the foot. Also, the gold decorations show some wear (see pictures). Dimensions: 12.5 x 9 cm (5 x 3.6 in)
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