Tiered Food Box with Summer and Autumn Fruits

Shibata Zeshin Japanese

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This box, designed for the storage and serving of sumptuous edibles at festive occasions, has a continuous design of summer and autumn fruits, including grapes, melons, loquats, and pears. The lacquer ground is a rich, very dark brown decorated with metal and colored lacquer applied using a variety of techniques to create the different fruits.

Tiered Food Box with Summer and Autumn Fruits, Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891), Brown lacquer with gold, silver, and colored lacquer maki-e, Japan

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