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

明治時代 柴田是真 果蔬蒔絵重箱
Tiered Food Box with Summer and Autumn Fruits

Artist:
Shibata Zeshin (Japanese, 1807–1891)
Period:
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date:
ca. 1868–90
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Brown lacquer with gold, silver, and colored lacquer maki-e
Dimensions:
H. 16 1/8 in. (41 cm); W. 9 in. (22.9 cm); D. 9 5/8 in. (24.4 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift and Parnassus Foundation/Jane and Raphael Bernstein Gift, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.143a–g
Not on view
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.
[ Sebastian Izzard, LLC , New York, until 2010; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landscapes in Japanese Art," June 24, 2010–November 7, 2010.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Summer and Autumn in Japanese Art," June 24, 2011–October 23, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sumptuous: East Asian Lacquer, 14th–20th Century," October 25, 2014–August 9, 2015.