Miniature armour box ('karabitsu') with design of cranes on a fan-shape reserve
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.
Place where the work was made
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
late 19th century-early 20th century
wood, gold lacquer, 'aogai' and metal inlay
20.5 x 32.2 x 24.4 cm
Signature & date
Signed: Yoyusai (authenticity doubtful)
Gift of Lesley Kehoe 2009. Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.
Not on display