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Cash Box with Buddhist Motifs

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Workshop of Ogawa Haritsu, Cash Box with Buddhist Motifs, 1716, lacquered wood with inlay in various materials and iron fittings, Museum Purchase: Margery Hoffman Smith Fund, public domain, 2008.22

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Title

Cash Box with Buddhist Motifs

Artist

Workshop of Ogawa Haritsu (Japanese, 1663-1747)

Date

1716

Medium

lacquered wood with inlay in various materials and iron fittings

Dimensions (H x W x D)

9 15/16 in x 7 5/8 in x 14 7/16 in

Inscriptions & Markings

inscription:

Collection Area

Asian Art

Category

Lacquerware

Object Type

box

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Margery Hoffman Smith Fund

Accession Number

2008.22

Copyright

public domain

Terms

boxes

iron

lacquer

lacquerware

wood

Description

The technique seen in this boldly designed piece makes use of inlay of mother of pearl, hardstone, various metals, and lacquer paste on a lacquered wood ground. The wide variety of materials is characteristic of the workshop of Ogawa Haritsu, a well-known poet who won even greater fame as a lacquer artist. We may also attribute to him the humor of using Buddhist motifs—a red wooden gong, a priest’s scepter, a fly whisk, and a rosary—to decorate a merchant’s cash box. Although this work bears a signature by Haritsu, it is probably not from his hand but by a disciple.

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