18 September 2002
A Negoro Flat Tea Caddy (Hira-natsume)
Muromachi-Momoyama period (16th century)
Circular, with rounded lid and straight sides and flat base, the edge of the lid rubbed to reveal the underlayer of black lacquer
3¼in. (8.1cm.) diameter; 2in. (5cm.) high
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Kawada Sadamu, Negoro-nuri (Negoro ware) in Nihon no bijutsu 120 (Tokyo: Shibundo, 1976), no. 137.
_____, Negoro (Kyoto: Shikosha, 1985), pl. 335.
This covered box may be an incense container.
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