Large Japanese Black Lacquer Dowry Trunk, Nagamochi

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Made for a member of the Japanese Imperial Family, as indicated by the sixteen petal chrysanthemum which appears in several elements of the relief carved shakudo and gold metal work on the trunk. The raised lacquer imperial chrysanthemum seal, of which only abstracted remnants remain, was probably intentionally abraded when this particular branch of the family was divested of its title during the American Occupation of 1947.
Of unusually generous proportions, with a slightly domed lid. Large handles on the side were used for carrying the the bridal trousseau. The hinges are constructed in such a way that the lid can be slid off after opening, for easier access.
Provenance: The estate of Ann Landers, Chicago, IL.


  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    Late 19th Century
  • Period
    Late 19th Century
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good. Overall good condition, slight scratches and distressing to the lacquer; imperial chrysanthemum lacquer mon has been intentionally abraded. .
  • Wear
    Minor fading
  • Dimensions
    31 in. H x 63 in. W x 31 in. D
    79 cm H x 160 cm W x 79 cm D
  • Dealer Location
    Austin, TX
  • Number of Items
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