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桃山時代 縞人物蒔絵螺鈿重箱
Food Box with Striped Decoration and Chinese Figures

Period:
Momoyama (1573–1615)
Date:
early 17th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Black lacquer with gold and silver maki-e and mother-of-pearl inlay
Dimensions:
H. 10 5/8 in. (27 cm); W. 7 11/16 in. (19.5 cm); D. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
2015.500.2.31a–f
Not on view
The geometric patterns on the side of this tiered food box derive from Indian and Southeast Asian textiles introduced to Japan as part of the global trade that linked different parts of Asia with each other and with the West. The clothing and setting identify the three figures on the top of the box as Chinese, and it is possible that this use of figural imagery was spurred by an awareness of the depiction of figures in contemporaneous lacquer from China and Okinawa (Ryūkyū Islands).
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "East Asian Lacquer from the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection," November 22, 1991–February 23, 1992.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Seasonal Pleasures in Japanese Art, Part II," May 1, 1996–September 8, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Turning Point: Oribe and the Arts of Sixteenth-Century Japan," October 21, 2003–January 11, 2004.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mother-of-Pearl: A Tradition in Asian Lacquer," December 2, 2006–April 1, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Asian Lacquer: Masterpieces from the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection," November 3, 2007–May 11, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars," June 18, 2009–November 30, 2009.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sumptuous: East Asian Lacquer, 14th–20th Century," October 25, 2014–August 9, 2015.

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