An image of Miniature armour box ('karabitsu') with design of cranes on a fan-shape reserve

Unknown Artist

Miniature armour box ('karabitsu') with design of cranes on a fan-shape reserve

Location
Not on display
Further information

A well executed and decorative lidded lacquer box on four legs, featuring design of cranes on a fan-shaped reserve in 'hira' and 'takamakie', with 'aogai' inlay and gold lacquer 'mon' decoration. A feature of the lacquer decoration is the green incised wave decoration associated with Seigai Manshichi and later Shibata Zeshin.

Boxes of this shape were used for the storage of armour. It is suggested that this smaller version was associated with the Boys’ Festival of May 5 each year.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2009.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
late 19th century-early 20th century
Media
Lacquerware
Medium
wood, gold lacquer, 'aogai' and metal inlay
Dimensions
20.5 x 32.2 x 24.4 cm
Signature & date
Signed: Yoyusai (authenticity doubtful)
Credit
Gift of Lesley Kehoe 2009. Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.
Accession number
183.2009.a-b