A Japanese Imperial 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.

From the estate of Ann Landers.
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
19th century, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
19th Century
Materials and Techniques
red lacquer
shakudo (copper
gold alloy)
gold fittings
paper lining
Wooden construction
Other Characteristics
Wooden construction, black and red lacquer, shakudo (copper/gold alloy) and gold fittings, paper lining
Overall good condition, slight scratches and distressing to the lacquer; imperial chrysanthemum lacquer mon has been intentionally abraded.
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
Reference Number
1stdibs Dealer since 2010 | Located in Austin, TX
Lotus Gallery
1009 West 6th Street
Austin TX 78703
(512) 710-0036