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An image of Towel stand with design of peacock feather pattern by

Japan

Title
Towel stand with design of peacock feather pattern
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
Year
18th century-19th century
Media category
Woodwork
Materials used
maki-e; lacquer and gold on wood, with metal mounts
Dimensions

65.5 x 33.2 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Mrs Ella Bodor 1994
Accession number
645.1994
Location
Not on display
Further information

The rigid class system of pre-modern Japan ensured the supply of quality metalwork, lacquerware, ceramics, woodcarving and other goods required by the ruling class. While a craftsman's living was secured by his patrons, he was required to ensure that his skills be continued by his son or an appropriate student. The towel stand and the writing box (containing inkstone, waterdropper and brushes) [Acc.no. 346.1989] are good examples of everyday objects made with the elegant 'maki-e' lacquer technique.

'Lacquerware', The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.220.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The World of Samurai Culture', Sydney, 2003, 220 (colour illus.).