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Title

Miniature armour box ('karabitsu') with design of cranes on a fan-shape reserve


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

A well executed and decorative lidded lacquer box on four legs, featuring design of cranes on a fan-shaped reserve in 'hira' and 'takamakie', with 'aogai' inlay and gold lacquer 'mon' decoration. A feature of the lacquer decoration is the green incised wave decoration associated with Seigai Manshichi and later Shibata Zeshin.

Boxes of this shape were used for the storage of armour. It is suggested that this smaller version was associated with the Boys’ Festival of May 5 each year.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2009.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

late 19th century-early 20th century


Media category

Lacquerware


Materials used

wood, gold lacquer, 'aogai' and metal inlay


Dimensions

20.5 x 32.2 x 24.4 cm


Signature & date

Signed: Yoyusai (authenticity doubtful)


Credit

Gift of Lesley Kehoe 2009. Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.


Location

Not on display


Accession number

183.2009.a-b



Place

Where the work was made
Japan