Covered cosmetic box

Historical period(s)
Edo period, ca. 1837
Lacquer and gold on wood (maki-e)
H x W x D: 14.5 x 21.5 x 13.3 cm (5 11/16 x 8 7/16 x 5 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Container, Lacquer

Cosmetic box

chrysanthemum, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan
Provenance research underway.

When Japanese women of high status married, their families commissioned beautiful sets of lacquered boxes and small furniture for their new homes. This set was made for a bride of the Tokugawa family, close relatives of the shoguns. This box and stand are richly embellished with applied gold foil and flakes of gold embedded in amber-toned lacquer.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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