Exhibitions/ Art Object


Edo period (1615–1868)
18th century
Black lacquer ground with gold and silver maki-e, dyed wood, and silk netting
Diam. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm); H. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015
Accession Number:
Not on view
The cranes, wheels, and flowing poem scripts decorating this birdcage refer to both Wakanoura, an inlet on the Kii Peninsula revered as the “bay of poetry,” and to several famous compositions that celebrate this scenic place.
Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (until 2015; donated to MMA)
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