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Cylindrical box

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Red lacquer on bamboo with sprinkled gold powder
Dimensions:
H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm); Diam. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.100.177a, b
Not on view
This box probably held a tea whisk. The designs are of the autumn grass hagi (bush clover), susuki (acanthus plants) with dew, and bamboo blinds. A half-moon is encrusted in pewter on the black-lacquered lid. These motifs evoke an episode in Chapter 10 of the Tale of Genji, "The Sacred Tree" (Sakaki), in which Genji visits the Rokujo Lady at Nonomiya Shrine before she leaves Kyoto to accompany her princess at the Ise Shrine.
Howard Mansfield , New York (until 1936; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Courtly Romance in Japanese Art," May 12, 1989–July 12, 1989.

Ithaca. Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University. "The Tale of Genji: Splendor and Innovation in Edo Culture," March 29, 1997–June 15, 1997.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Blossoms of Many Colors: A Selection from the Permanent Collection of Japanese Art," March 21, 2000–August 9, 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "No Ordinary Mortals: The Human Figure in Japanese Art," 2007–2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ukiyo-e Artists' Responses to Romantic Legends of Two Brothers: Narihira and Yukihira," March 27, 2008–June 8, 2008.

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