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Meiji Period Japanese Lacquered Gold Two-Part Box


This very beautifully lacquered box is from the Meiji period in Japan. Made between 1864 and the end of the 19th century this small two tied box would have been a luxury item for storage or personal effects. Crafted with an all-over exterior gold fleck lacquer the interior is done in a spotted copper and black lacquer creating a dramatic personal experience reserved for the owner. Lacquer ware though not exclusively a Japanese tradition is seen at its best in Japanese objects. With many possible decorative devices and inlaid with rare, costly or even humble materials the work was time consuming and delicate work.


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  • Place of origin
  • Date of manufacture
    circa 1870-1900
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  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Good. Very slight chipping to black undersides of the bottom and a small hair line crack ( but no looses of lacquer at hair line) to the lacquer at the edge of box lid.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 7 in. x W 10 in. x D 9.5 in.

    H 17.78 cm x W 25.4 cm x D 24.13 cm

  • Seller location
    Hudson, NY
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