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Book stand with design of IHS, cherry blossoms, mandarin orange and paulownia in mother-of-pearl inlay and maki-e

UnknownMomoyama period (latter half of 16th to early 17th century)

Suntory Museum of Art

Suntory Museum of Art

This collapsible book stand consists of two panels, one a book rest and the other a leg. The parts are interlocked at three points. The entire surface is coated with black lacquer. In the center of the book stand, the initials IHS (Iesus Hominum Salvator), the mark of the Society of Jesus, are written in mother-of-pearl inlay and gold flat maki-e. The rest of the surface is filled with cherry blossoms, mandarin oranges and paulownia, using the same decorative techniques. This was probably used as a Bible stand.

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  • Title: Book stand with design of IHS, cherry blossoms, mandarin orange and paulownia in mother-of-pearl inlay and maki-e
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Momoyama period (latter half of 16th to early 17th century)
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w287 x h328 x d285 cm
  • Object Title (Japanese): IHS桜橘桐螺鈿蒔絵書見台
  • Object Date (English): Momoyama period (latter half of 16th to early 17th century)
  • Category (Japanese): 漆工
  • Artist Name (Japanese): 不明
  • Type: Lacquerware
  • Rights: Suntory Museum of Art, Suntory Museum of Art

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