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Writing paper box with maki-e design of Aoi crests and arabesque

Unknown19th century, Edo period

Tachibana Museum

Tachibana Museum
Fukuoka-ken, Japan

This is a piece of the bridal trousseau owned by Princess Sumi. Sumi was a daughter of the Tayasu-Tokugawa family — one of the three privileged branches of the Shogun family — and became the wife of the 12th lord of the Yanagawa domain.
The box is decorated with gold and silver maki-e designs of Aoi (hollyhock) and arabesque patterns over the gold lacquer finish of nashiji (pear-skin ground). The Aoi represents the crest of the Tayasu-Tokugawa family.

Details

  • Title: Writing paper box with maki-e design of Aoi crests and arabesque
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 19th century, Edo period
  • Physical Dimensions: W:33.2cm, D:40.9cm, H:13.8cm
  • Type: Lacquerware

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