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Box Box And Lid

This is a Box and lid. It was made by Yeki-ko. It is dated late 19th century and we acquired it in 1952. Its medium is mother-of-pearl, ivory, silver, lacquer, wood. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.



This box displays the Japanese Shibayama technique by which pieces of ivory and mother-of-pearl are inlaid into a gold lacquer ground so they stand out in high relief. Traditionally Japanese lacquerware has rounded corners, intended to avoid sharp disruption of the medium’s surface finish.

This object was donated by Unknown. It is credited Gift of Anonymous Donor.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (a): 2 x 7.9 x 9.8 cm (13/16 x 3 1/8 x 3 7/8 in.) H x W x D (b): 1.5 x 7.9 x 9.8 cm (9/16 x 3 1/8 x 3 7/8 in.) H x W x D (overall - box and lid): 3 × 7.9 × 9.8 cm (1 3/16 × 3 1/8 × 3 7/8 in.)

It has the following markings

Inside of cover marked "Yeki-ko"

Cite this object as

Box Box And Lid; Made by Yeki-ko ; Japan; mother-of-pearl, ivory, silver, lacquer, wood; H x W x D (a): 2 x 7.9 x 9.8 cm (13/16 x 3 1/8 x 3 7/8 in.) H x W x D (b): 1.5 x 7.9 x 9.8 cm (9/16 x 3 1/8 x 3 7/8 in.) H x W x D (overall - box and lid): 3 × 7.9 × 9.8 cm (1 3/16 × 3 1/8 × 3 7/8 in.); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1952-164-9-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Japonism.

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