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Box with Design of Kiyomizudera

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
early 19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Black lacquer over copper, inlaid with mother-of-pearl
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm); W. 3 1/2 (8.9 cm); L. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
29.100.720
Not on view
The temple and surrounding areas depicted on the lid of this box represent Kiyomizudera, or the Temple of Pure Water, a celebrated complex in the eastern part of Kyoto. As the name implies, the temple is located near a spring famed for the healing properties of its water. Kiyomizudera, which was founded in the late eighth century, has been a popular destination for centuries and was often visited in the spring, when the nearby cherry trees were in full bloom.
Mrs. H. O. (Louisine W.) Havemeyer , New York (until d. 1929; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Immortals and Sages: Fusuma Paintings from Ryoan-Ji and the Lore of China in Japanese Art," 1993.

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

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