22 September 2004
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A Red Lacquer Transportable Picnic Set (Katan Bento)
Edo period (19th century)
The outer carrying case brown lacquer with metal fittings, the cover removable and the hinged front opening to reveal the picnic set designed entirely in red lacquer and comprising; a rectangular sake container; a rectangular box; three sake cups; three bowls of five different sizes; a small square serving tray and three rounded-square sweet trays set on four black-lacquer feet; a large rectangular covered box; a rectangular three-tier covered box
12¼ x 15¼ x 11in. (31.1 x 38.7 x 27.9cm.)
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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. 40.
Bentobako (Bento boxes), exh. cat. (Machida: Machida City Museum, 1985), no. 48.
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