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Box with Design of Plum Tree and Moon

Artist:
Lacquered by Tansai
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Gold, black lacquer, and pewter on bamboo
Dimensions:
H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.100.166a, b
Not on view
Signature: Tansai

Inscription: In a spring night when the moon shines through a blossoming plum tree growing by the eaves, the moonbeams themselves seem filled with perfume.

(Haru no yowa
Nokiba no ume wo norutsuki wo
Hikarimo karowu kokochi kososuri)
Howard Mansfield , New York (until 1936; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.

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