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Tebako box with tortoise, crane, and plum blossom design

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Japan, unknown artist, Tebako box with tortoise, crane, and plum blossom design, late 16th century, lacquered wood with maki-e (sprinkled gold and metallic powder) decoration, The John Yeon Collection; Gift of Richard Louis Brown, public domain, 2007.81

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Title

Tebako box with tortoise, crane, and plum blossom design

Related Titles

original language: 蒔絵手箱

Artist

Japan, unknown artist (Japanese)

Date

late 16th century

Period

Japan: Muromachi period (1333-1573)

Japan: Momoyama period (1573-1615)

Medium

lacquered wood with maki-e (sprinkled gold and metallic powder) decoration

Dimensions (H x W x D)

7 1/2 in x 12 3/4 in x 9 1/2 in

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Lacquerware

Object Type

box

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

The John Yeon Collection; Gift of Richard Louis Brown

Accession Number

2007.81

Copyright

public domain

Terms

boxes

crane

gold

inlay

lacquerware

Momoyama

Muromachi

tortoises

wood

Description

In East Asia, the crane and tortoise symbolize long life, while plum blossoms are associated with virtue. This rare and important casket would have held a wealthy person’s personal belongings.

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