11 November 2015
A Lacquer Natsume [Tea Container]
Edo period (18th century)
Of typical form with flush-fitting cover, decorated in gold hiramaki-e on a black ground with ferns, nashiji interior, fundame rims
Eskenazi Ltd., London, 1987.
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Eskenazi Ltd., Japanese Netsuke, Inro and Lacquer-ware, (London, 1986), cat. no. 66
Japanese Netsuke, Inro and Lacquer-ware, Eskenazi, Foxglove House, London, 12 – 23 December 1986
This type of fern is called shinobu, which literally translated to mean enduring, concealing, hiding or longing and the word has often been used in Japanese poems for its allusion to old times gone by.
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