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Folding lectern with the Jesuit monogram

National Heritage Board, Singapore

National Heritage Board, Singapore

Japan, late 16th century
Lacquer, mother-of-pearl
Private collection

All surfaces of this book stand are coated with lacquer enhanced with gold and mother-of-pearl designs. The Jesuit emblem is prominent in the decoration.

An elaborate lectern of this type, emblazoned the symbol of a religious order, was likely meant to support a missal, the book of texts and instructions used to celebrate Mass.

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