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Japanese Lacquered Maki-e Poem Box Meiji Period

$ 3,000
  • Description
    An elongated rectangular lacquer box with fine Maki-e decoration dated to late Meiji period circa 1890-1900s. The box was traditionally designed to hold poem paper slips and is called Tanzaku Bako in Japanese. The elegant piece has a slightly arched form with a fitted lid. On a high polished black background, the lid was delicately decorated with gold Maki-e featuring a newly sprouted fern fiddlehead and small silver crocus blossoms, both herald the spring season. By combining the hiramaki-e with togidashi maki-e, a painstaking technique, and also use sparse gold powders spilled on the noire background, a light and dreamy visual effect was achieved. The interior and the base of the box was finished in a sparse nashiji.
    The Tanzaku box is a great example of the type of literati pieces that highlights a simple composition yet conveys a strong poetic ambience. With large empty black space, the minimalistic approach is very effective, as what is not there is equally important with what is there.
  • More Information
    Origin: Japan
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: lacquer wood
    Condition: Good. Spotted light surface wear, hard to photograph due to the glossy reflective surface. Abrasion on the fundame rims (mostly on the interior corners) due to contact as shown. A couple of small dings on the base.
    Creation Date: 1890-1900s
    Styles / Movements: Asian, Traditional
    Patterns: Asian/Oriental, Florals/Botanical, Handmade
    Incollect Reference #: 600069
  • Dimensions
    W. 3.125 in; H. 1.5 in; D. 15.25 in;
    W. 7.94 cm; H. 3.81 cm; D. 38.74 cm;
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