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Title

'Kashiki' (tray for tea sweets)

early 20th century

Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Taishô period 1912 - 1926 → Japan
    Date
    early 20th century
    Media category
    Lacquerware
    Materials used
    'Kanshitsu' (dry lacquer), silver lacquer finish
    Dimensions
    2.6 x 26.4 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Lesley Kehoe 2009. Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    188.2009
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tanaka Hyo'ami

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    A very finely formed lacquer sweet tray in 'kawarinuri', the lacquer resembling metal in form and finish. The shallow tray is constructed in the 'kanshitsu' (dry lacquer) technique. The 'tomobako' bears the signature: Made by lacquer artist Hyoami, and describes the piece as a “Blue sea” tray for 'higashi', dried sweets used in 'chado', the formal practice of tea. Hyoami was a member of the Hyosai School of lacquer in Kyoto, renowned for the making of pieces for 'chado'. Wrangham records the first two members of the School, Hyosai I (1817- 1885 ) and II ( p. 84 ). The style of signing the 'tomobako' is also very similar to that illustrated in Wrangham. [Wrangham, Edward, 'The index of inrō artists' [Inrō daijiten] / E. A. Wrangham; edited by Joe Earle.  Alnwick: Harehope, 1995.]

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2009.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan