22 September 2004
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A Lacquer Lunch Box (Kumibako Bento)
Edo period (19th century)
Comprising: two square sake containers with telescoping silvered-copper spouts and stoppers; two deep, square food containers; a rectangular food tray; an oval, sectioned food tray; and two semi-circular six-tier stacking food boxes, some of them compartmentalized, the ensemble stacking tightly together in a vertical oval arrangement and decorated in gold and silver hiramaki-e with scrolling peony sprays, maples and butterflies angainst a red lacquer ground, the edges fundame
11 x 11 x 8½in. (27.9 x 27.9 x 21.6cm.)
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Machida City Museum, "Bentobako" (Bento boxes), 1985.9.10--10.20
Arakawa Hirokazu, ed., Utage to tabi no utsuwa: Bentobako (Bento boxes: Utensils for party and travel) (Tokyo: Shikosha, 1990), pl. 27.
Bento bako (Bento boxes), exh. cat. (Machida: Machida City Museum, 1985), no. 40.
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