菊に流水模様手拭掛け Hand-towel Rack (Tenugui kake) with Chrysanthemums and Meandering Stream
Edo period (1615–1868)
Gold and silver maki-e on lacquered wood
H. 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm); W. 23 3/4 in. (60.3 cm); D. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2005
Not on view
The motif of chrysanthemums on a stream recalls the auspicious story of a mythical Chinese river whose water, sweetened by dewdrops from the chrysanthemums growing alongside it, imparts eternal life to anyone who drinks it. The lacquered surface of this small rack is decorated in the “pear skin” (nashiji) technique, in which small flecks of sprinkled gold densely cover the ground area. The rack must have been made as part of a wedding trousseau, as it features two superimposed family crests, one of plum blossoms and the other of nine stars.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Flowing Streams: Scenes from Japanese Arts and Life," December 21, 2006–June 3, 2007.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Beautiful Country: Yamato-e in Japanese Art," November 20, 2010–June 5, 2011.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art," May 26, 2012–January 13, 2013.
Artist: Tōyō (Japanese, active second half of the 18th century)Date: second half of the 18th centuryMedium: Three cases; lacquered wood with gold and silver hiramaki-e, togidashimaki-e, and gold foil cutouts on black lacquer ground Netsuke: box with flowers; lacquered wood with hiramaki-e Ojime: coral beadAccession: 13.67.64On view in:Gallery 223