Meiji Bijutsu

Antique Edo Period Maki-e Lacquer Box

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: Item # 1190600
Meiji Bijutsu
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Kita-aoyama 3-14-1
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

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This splendid large lacquer box is part of a series of mostly antique and vintage items that we recovered from the storehouse of a retired construction contractor. His house is located in the southern part of Kyoto, where buildings from the Edo and Meiji periods still stand. His son not being interested in inheriting his father's collection, we were asked to take them out, and we are now able to present them to you.

Maki-e is a lacquer technique where gold is applied to the black lacquer to form often rich and delicate motifs to decorate an objet, usually a box. It was developed during the Heian period (794-1185), in Japan.

This particular box, used to keep any kind of personal objects, probably dates from the end of the Edo period (1615-1868). It bears a kamon (family emblem), which means it was the propriety of a feudal lord or a samurai. The box features one drawer on the bottom, and the top part of the box, under the lid, may be removed. Its edge has been beautifully decorated with the motif of a running golden vine.

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The box is in very good condition and presents only a few gold wears. There is also a small dent on the lid (see picture 11) .
Dimensions: 21,2 x 27.7 x 21.9 (height) cm (8.5 x 11.1 x 8.8 in); 1.6 kg (3.5lbs)

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