22 September 2004
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A Lacquer and Wood Cylindrical Picnic Set
The hinged cylindrical outer case decorated in marbleized pattern in green, black and gold lacquer, the front inset with a black-lacquer panel with a landscape in shell inlays and fitted with a brass loop handle, the hinges formed as snowflakes, the set comprising: a red-lacquer two-tier stacking box formed as a cherry blossom, the interior black lacquer; a two-tier stacking box formed as a snowflake, the exterior undecorated and the cover lacquered with a design of young pines in gold hiramaki-e on a black-lacquer ground; a two-tier black-lacquer stacking box formed as a crescent moon decorated on the cover with a willow tree in gold hiramaki-e, the interior red lacquer; twenty fan-shaped sweet trays with marquetry inlays and lacquered with maple leaves in gold hiramaki-e
15¾in. (40cm.) high; 10 5/8in. (27.8cm) diameter
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Machida City Museum, "Bentobako" (Bento boxes), 1985.9.10--10.20
Arakawa Hirokazu, ed., Utage no tabi: Bentobako (Bento boxes: Utensils for party and travel) (Tokyo: Shikosha, 1990), pl. 33.
Bentobako (Bento boxes), exh. cat. (Machida: Machida City Museum, 1985) no. 18.
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