Tray

Round, dark brown lacquer dish with a flat center, slightly concave rim and a low foot ring. The center has a raised design consisting of a flowering tree, bird and butterfly. The inner rim has a repeating, raised floral pattern around it. The raised areas are dark brown with distinctive streaks of red lacquer (vermillion). The rim and the foot ring have brass metal bands attached to them. A red lacquer signature seal is affixed to the reverse side.

Historical period(s)
Edo period, 18th century
Medium
Lacquer on wood with brass
Dimensions
H x W x D: 3.3 x 36.2 x 36.2 cm (1 5/16 x 14 1/4 x 14 1/4 in)
Geography
Japan, Okinawa prefecture
Credit Line
Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1997.37
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Lacquer, Vessel
Type

Tray

Keywords
bird, butterfly, camellia, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, tree, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Round, dark brown lacquer dish with a flat center, slightly concave rim and a low foot ring. The center has a raised design consisting of a flowering tree, bird and butterfly. The inner rim has a repeating, raised floral pattern around it. The raised areas are dark brown with distinctive streaks of red lacquer (vermillion). The rim and the foot ring have brass metal bands attached to them. A red lacquer signature seal is affixed to the reverse side.

Published References
  • Lee Yu-kuan. Oriental Lacquer Art., 1st ed. New York. .
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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