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A BOX FOR WHITE FACE POWDER
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A BOX FOR WHITE FACE POWDER

MUROMACHI PERIOD (14TH CENTURY)

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A BOX FOR WHITE FACE POWDER
Muromachi Period (14th Century)
Of square form with flush-fitting lid and rounded corners and edges, the exterior nashiji ground decorated in gold hiramaki-e, takamaki-e, nashiji, gold and silver kirikane and tin sheet inlay depicting seven fans decorated with willow, chrysanthemums, susuki [pampas grass], the interior similarly decorated with two fans under the lid and two others in the box with pine and bamboo, the base with sparse nashiji, pewter rims, old wear
1½ x 2¾ x 2¾in. (3.7 x 7 x 6.9cm.)
Literature
Mike and Hiroko Dean, Nihon no Shikki Japanese Lacquer - an Exposition (Kyoto, 1984), no. 35
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Lot Essay

This small box once formed part of a large set of lacquer utensils, but was probably later used independently in the tea- or incense-ceremonies.

For related examples of Muromachi Period kogo see Jo Okada ed., Nihon no shitsugei 2 maki-e (Tokyo, 1978), cat. nos. 97-102.

Similar boxes are illustrated in Henri L. Joly and Kumasaku Tomita, Japanese Art and Handicraft, Loan Exhibition Held in Aid of the British Red Cross (London, 1916), no. 75 and H. L. Joly, W. L. Behrens Collection, pt. II, Lacquer and Inro (London, 1912), cat. no. 98, pl. LXVII.
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