A Japanese Buddhist Priest's Travelling Lectern (Book Rest) Taisho Period (1912-1926)
Ht. 21 x 16 x 10 1/2 ins. (53.3 x 40.7 x 26.6 cms) This black lacquer and inlaid Mother of Pearl (a technique known as raden) lectern was used by Buddhist priests and can be dismantled and re-erected in a minute or so, all the parts being stored in the capacious drawer.
As can be seen from the photographs it has seen considerable use with the resulting wear. Some of the lacquer surface is missing, one of the metal drawer pulls is missing. the drawer front has been securely re-stuck on one side with adhesive, there is a crack on top of the base box. The only replacement is the raised lip on the lower part of the flat top which prevents the books sliding off.
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