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Title

Covered box decorated with lychee sprays


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The wooden body of this box has been covered in many layers of red lacquer and the design carved in relief. The technique has been used in China for centuries, while this particular shape derives from ceramic seal-paste containers. This box was purchased in Japan by a private collector, and thus is included here as an example of 'creative adaptation' ('mitate') by Japanese tea practitioners who would have used it as an incense box ('kogo') to contain the slithers of imported fragrant wood used to scent a room.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.210.


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Date

late 16th century


Media category

Lacquerware


Materials used

carved cinnabar lacquer with black lacquer interior


Dimensions

3.6 x 7.0 cm


Credit

Purchased 1989


Location

Not on display


Accession number

339.1989



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The World of Samurai Culture', Sydney, 2003, 210 (colour illus.).