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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
16th Century Japanese Lacquer Writing Box, Wolf & Moon

16th Century Japanese Lacquer Writing Box, Wolf & Moon

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1700: Item # 1483470
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A very unusual Muromachi to early Edo period (16th to early 17th century) lacquered box decorated outside with a wolf looking up at a crescent moon; inside with floral motif typical of the Muromachi to Momoyama period. The gaunt beast is made of worked lead or suzu (a lead alloy) inlaid into the surface. The moon is powdered silver with chunks of kirigane gold in the shrouding clouds. The box is 22 x 18 x 5 cm (9 x 7-1/2 x 2 inches) and overall, in quite good condition considering the elapse of time. Inside is housed a crescent moon water dropper. The inside of the lid was decorated with suzu-fun (powdered suzu) which has degraded over time leaving pock marks in the surface. There is crinkling of the lacquer and some losses typical of age. It comes in an ancient wooden box.