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明治時代 柴田是真 果蔬蒔絵重箱
Tiered Food Box with Summer and Autumn Fruits

Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891)
Meiji period (1868–1912)
ca. 1868–90
Brown lacquer with gold, silver, and colored lacquer maki-e
H. 16 1/8 in. (41 cm); W. 9 in. (22.9 cm); D. 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift and Parnassus Foundation/Jane and Raphael Bernstein Gift, 2010
Accession Number:
Not on view
This box, designed for the storage and serving of sumptuous edibles at festive occasions, has a continuous design of summer and autumn fruits, including grapes, melons, loquats, and pears. The lacquer ground is a rich, very dark brown decorated with metal and colored lacquer applied using a variety of techniques to create the different fruits.
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