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Japanese Lacquer Sutra Box with Imperial Mon, Kyobako, Edo Period, 18th Century



A fine and elegant Japanese sutra box, called a kyobako, in black and gold lacquer, featuring a large imperial sixteen petal chrysanthemum mon against a raised gold lacquer diaper ground, Edo period (1603-1868), late 18th century. The imperial sixteen petal chrysanthemum mon in raised gold taka-maki-e features prominently upon the cover of this elegant box. One side of the cover also featuring another set of mon in raised gold take-maki-e: the Emperor's imperial sixteen petal chrysanthemum next to the paulownia mon of the Toyotomi clan and Imperial Family. The mon sit atop a gold hiramaki-e lacquer diamond and flower blossom patterned diaper against black lacquer ground. The interior and underside of the box dusted in a subtle and glowing nashiji on a brown lacquer ground. Kyobako are special boxes used specifically to house Buddhist sutras (scriptures). The mon, or family crests, indicate this particular piece was most likely a commission and gift from the Imperial Family.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 4 in. (10.16 cm)Width: 6.75 in. (17.15 cm)Depth: 8.75 in. (22.23 cm)
  • Style
    Edo (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1800
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading. In overall good condition, with surface wear and minor losses around the edges. Please see photos.
  • Seller Location
    Austin, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU894717000982

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    Ships From: Austin, TX
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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Located in Austin, TX

Founded in 2001, Lotus Gallery offers a carefully curated selection of furniture, jewelry, sculpture and works of art spanning millennia, continents and cultures. Although it seeks out beauty in all its forms, they specialize in Asian antiquities, especially Chinese pieces from the Han and Tang dynasties and chinoiserie. Based in Austi...

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