Box for tanzaku

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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 16th-early 17th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Lacquer, gold and silver on wood
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (overall): 7.7 x 35 x 7.7 cm (3 1/16 x 13 3/4 x 3 1/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    A rectangular wood box with fitted lid, coated on all surfaces with lacquer. The outer surfaces are decorated in a Kodaiji-makie style with contrasting sprinkled gold and black lacquer surfaces in a mostly floral design. The lid has silver inlay--dark with tarnish--with some pieces missing. There are darkened gilt metal fastenings with loop handles along the long sides; two blue-green silk cord ribbons found inside the box may have been tied through the loop handles to secure the box. The interior is plain, black lacquer. Also see notes section.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Peggy and Richard M. Danziger
  • Type

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