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

Period: Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date: second half of the19th century
Culture: Japan
Medium: Lacquered wood with gold, silver takamaki-e, hiramaki-e, cutout gold foil application, mother-of-pearl inlay on black lacquer ground
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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