Covered cosmetic box

Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1837
Medium
Lacquer and gold on wood (maki-e)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 14.5 x 21.5 x 13.3 cm (5 11/16 x 8 7/16 x 5 1/4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1989.65a-e
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Container, Lacquer
Type

Cosmetic box

Keywords
chrysanthemum, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

When Japanese women of high status married, their families commissioned beautiful sets of lacquered boxes and small furniture for their new homes. This set was made for a bride of the Tokugawa family, close relatives of the shoguns. This box and stand are richly embellished with applied gold foil and flakes of gold embedded in amber-toned lacquer.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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