Edo period (1615–1868)
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)
Lent by Florence and Herbert Irving
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.