Small Rectangular Painted Lacquer Container

Tags: box | lacquer | National Palace Museum


Japanese, Ch'ing Dynasty (1644-1911)
Length: 7.5 cm, width: 5.4 cm, height: 2.5 cm 
This small set of Japanese lacquered boxes includes three small boxes and a shallow dish. Since it was used as a curio box for objects in the Ch'ing dynasty, this is why a small jade object is found stored in each of the small boxes.

The surface of the box employs the techniques of maki-e and taka-maki-e to present a tree of cherry blossoms in nature. The background is also sprinkled with gold flecks to give the decoration an exotic and dazzling effect.

Text: Yu P'ei-chin

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