17 November 1998
A FINE LACQUER TEBAKO
Meiji Period (Late 19th Century/Early 20th Century)
The exterior decorated in iroe togidashie and inlaid kirikane and aogai on a nashiji ground with butterflies among large peony blossom, foliage and scrolling karakusa, the inside of the cover and the exterior of the inner tray similarly decorated in gold togidashie on a mura-nashiji ground with butterflies, the interior of the box and the tray lined in gold brocade woven with chrysanthemums, the bases nashiji, silver side-fittings modelled as butterflies, lead rims, double fitted box
14in. x 10½in. x 8½in. (35.5 x 26.7 x 21.8cm.)
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For a related 13th-century tebako, see Tanaka Hisao, Meiho Seisho, no. 52.
This tebako is a fairly close copy of a 13th-century box with gilt copper butterfly fittings from the Hatakeyama Collection of Tokyo registered as a National Treasure. It is one of several boxes made in the Meiji Period based on or using motifs derived from masterpieces in temple collections.
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