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Catalog number 62.3
Title Box with Chrysanthemum Design
Object Name Box, Trinket
Description This elegant box features two extravagant techniques: lacquer and inlaying. The beautifully rendered naturalistic chrysanthemum blossoms and leaves, and the imperial crest in the form a stylized chrysanthemum, are inlaid with mother of pearl, a practice known as "raden". The crest is the typical 16-petal "kikumon" or chrysanthemum "kamon" (Japanese for family crest). This specific type of lacquer technique is known as "maki -e", referring to the method of adding silver, or in this case, gold flakes of shavings, before the final protective layer applied.

Reference: Winter, Amy H., with Xiaoping Lin (eds.), "The Light of Infinite Wisdom: Asian Art from the Godwin-Ternbach Museum and Other Collections," Queens College, CUNY, 2003.
Medium/Material Lacquer maki-e and mother-of-pearl
Dimensions H-8.5 W-10.5 L-13 inches
Year Range from 1700
Year Range to 1750
Search Terms Asian
Asia
East Asia
Japan
Edo period
Tokugawa period
18th century AD
Box
Floral
Flowers
Exhibition and Publication History * "A Selection From the Queens College Art Collection" , Klapper, 1979, #50
*"Thirty Years of Collecting," G-TM, 1986. M. Simon, Curator.
*"Discover! Selections from the G-TM of Queens College," Citicorp, L.I.C., 1990, no catalogue.
* Exhibited"Director's Choice, Part II," G-TM, 10/10-12/20/02. A. Winter, Curator.
*"Director's Choice, Part II," G-TM, Fall 2002, Amy Winter
* "The Light of Infinite Wisdom: Asian Art from the Godwin-Ternbach Museum and Other Collections," A. Winter, X. Lin, Curators, G-TM, 10/15-12/20/2003, #30, p. 20.
Culture Japanese