12 November 2003
A KOBAKO [COSMETIC BOX]
Momoyama Period (Late 16th Century)
Kodai-ji maki-e, with flush-fitting lid and rounded corners and edges, the exterior black lacquer and nashiji decorated in gold hiramaki-e, takamaki-e, kirikane, nashiji, tsukegaki, kakiwari and harigaki, depicting a katami-gawari [divided-in-two-halves] design with kiri and kiku-mon and sprays of chrysanthemums and autumn flowers, the interior with a sparse nashiji ground decorated with a kiri-mon under the cover, pewter rims, slight old wear
2 1/8 x 3¾ x 3 1/8in. (5.5 x 9.4 x 8.1cm.)
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Mike and Hiroko Dean, Nihon no Shikki Japanese Lacquer - an Exposition (Kyoto, 1984), no. 24
For examples of the design see Nihon no Shitsuge, vol.III (Tokyo, 1978), no. 23, and Motoo Yoshimura, Kodaiji Makie (Kyoto, 1971), no. 33, 42, 43 and 45.
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