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Casket Decorated with Animal Scenes

1573-1603

The refined decoration of this small chest sprinkled with gold dust in the maki-e technique was practised in Japan in the Momoyama era (1568–1600) and at the start of the Edo period (1600–1868). These objects made from lacquer include inlays of mother-of-pearl and gold paint. Like other namban works produced for export, they reflect Western taste and were often based on European prototypes. Such chests, with a rounded lid, were used to store clothes in European homes and ships and were very highly prized.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: Thierry Ollivier

Title: Casket Decorated with Animal Scenes
Geography: Japan
Date: 1573-1603
Medium: black and gold lacquered wood inlaid with mother of pearl, gilded copper mounts
Classification: container, vase, tableware
Dimensions: 39 x 66.5 x 30.7 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2015.019
Contact for images: [email protected]
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