Black lacquer over copper, inlaid with mother-of-pearl
H. 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm); W. 3 1/2 (8.9 cm); L. 5 in. (12.7 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
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.