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A Set of Seven Kanazawa Lacquer Mukozuke â Meiji

A Set of Seven Kanazawa Lacquer Mukozuke – Meiji

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Directory: Hidden: Viewable: Pre 1910: Item # 1035010

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This is a very fine set of seven lacquer Mukozuke with a highly shiny reddish brown lacquer finish on the top and sides – and a black roiro lacquer on the inside of the footed base. Mukozuke were used in the formal tea ceremony to serve mukōzuke foods in a dish arranged on the far side of the meal tray for each guest, which is why it is called mukōzuke (lit., "set to the far side"). Often this might be some kind of sashimi.

Each of the seven pieces measure 4 ¼” square and are 1 ¼” deep from the top of the rim. They are still wrapped in the original paper in which they were stored. They were dated as being from the early Meiji period, circa 1870s-80s. They are in excellent condition.

The Kaga clan, which held sway over the area now known as Ishikawa Prefecture, actively promoted the arts and many crafts. Kanazawa lacquer ware was just one of those and dates back to the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868).