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Lacquered Nagoro Leaf Tray

Lacquered Nagoro Leaf Tray

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1900: Item # 1403429
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Nagoro banana leaf tray lacquer over wood. The black lacquer shines through the red to reveal the ribs and veins of the leaf. In the literati tradition, banana leaves were used by scholar recluses as paper to write calligraphy. Later, this motif was incorporated into other forms of art making the image one of the symbols of the literati aesthetics.

Date: Tiasho circa 1920

Dimensions: 16" x 6" X 3/4"