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Tebako, Rimpa schoolA small box with a design from Ogata KorinEarly Edo period (1615-1867)Lacquer with lead and mother of pearl insertsThe decoration of this antique lacquer box represents Sano-no-watari, literally "crossing the Sano": a historic river crossing, often subject to ancient Japanese poetry. The place recorded as Sano, in Kii province is now considered to be Sano in Shinjuku City in Wakayama prefecture. In ancient times there was a pontoon bridge where the Kinokawa flowed into Sano bay, and this was called "the Sano crossing". A poem on this...

MimidaraiEarly Edo period, 17th centuryWooden basin with ear-shaped handles decorated with hiramaki-e lacquer and gold and silver kirigane on a nashi-ji ground32 x 27 x 15 cm  The large and thick antique wooden basin is completely lacquered in nashiji gold, with cranes flying among pines, bamboo and orange trees. The overall design and the gilt metal fittings include also the umebachi family crest, in the variation used by the Maeda clan. The designs on the lacquered surface and on the fittings are both typical of the early part of...

A pair of heishi (Sake Bottle)
HeishiA pair of ritual sake​ bottles DATEEarly Edo period, 17th centuryMEDIUMMaki-e lacquered turned woodHEIGHT40 cmPROVENANCEMatsūra family A pair of antique lacquered ritual sake vessel with urushi-e design of pine trees, turtles, cranes and bamboo, bearing the kamon of the Matsūra family.From the ancient times up until the Heian Period, sake was brewed mainly as an offering to the gods and served in Shinto shrines in unglazed earthenware vessels. From Kamakura period onwards, large size wooden vessels (heishi) became popular and banquets were held for ceremonies and festivals,...

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