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Shikishi (square calligraphy paper) Box with Design of Flowers and Praying Mantis

Period: Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date: late 19th century
Culture: Japan
Medium: Outside: Gold, silver hiramaki-e, takamaki-e, cut-out gold foil application, mother-of-pearl inlay; Inside of the Lid: Gold foil application (kotobuki character)
Dimensions: H. 9 3/4 (24.8 cm); W. 8 in. (20.3 cm); D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Classification: Lacquer
Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number: 14.40.838a, b

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