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Covered container
Place of Origin: China, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands
Date: approx. 1700-1800
Historical Period: Edo period (1615-1868)
Materials: Litharge painting and gold on lacquered wood
Dimensions: H. 9 3/4 in x Diam. 15 3/16 in, H. 24.8 cm x Diam. 38.6 cm
Credit Line: Acquisition made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Mesker, Sr.
Department: Japanese Art
Collection: Decorative Arts
Object Number: 2003.2
On Display: No

Description

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This lidded container made of black lacquer over a wood core is decorated with charming motifs of pomegranates, stylized scrolls, and sixteen different fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The decorations were executed in a method known as litharge painting (mitsuda-e in Japanese)—using mineral pigments mixed with perilla oil and lead oxide—and gold paint.

The container appears to be Chinese in origin, but the painted motifs may have been added in Japan or in the southern Ryukyu Islands (known today as Okinawa), which traded heavily with China and the main Japanese islands. In Japan such a container would likely have been used to hold sweets and other foodstuffs.


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Exhibition History: "Sights Unseen: Recent Acquisitions", Tateuchi Gallery, September 2, 2006 - March 25, 2007
Label:

This lidded container made of black lacquer over a wood core is decorated with charming motifs of pomegranates, stylized scrolls, and sixteen different fruits, vegetables, and flowers. The decorations were executed in a method known as litharge painting (mitsuda-e in Japanese)—using mineral pigments mixed with perilla oil and lead oxide—and gold paint.

The container appears to be Chinese in origin, but the painted motifs may have been added in Japan or in the southern Ryukyu Islands (known today as Okinawa), which traded heavily with China and the main Japanese islands. In Japan such a container would likely have been used to hold sweets and other foodstuffs.


Exhibition History: "Sights Unseen: Recent Acquisitions", Tateuchi Gallery, September 2, 2006 - March 25, 2007