Towel stand with design of peacock feather pattern
- Not on display
- Further information
The rigid class system of pre-modern Japan ensured the supply of quality metalwork, lacquerware, ceramics, woodcarving and other goods required by the ruling class. While a craftsman's living was secured by his patrons, he was required to ensure that his skills be continued by his son or an appropriate student. The towel stand and the writing box (containing inkstone, waterdropper and brushes) [Acc.no. 346.1989] are good examples of everyday objects made with the elegant 'maki-e' lacquer technique.
'Lacquerware', The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.220.
- Place of origin
- Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
- 18th century-19th century
- maki-e; lacquer and gold on wood, with metal mounts
- 65.5 x 33.2 cm
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Gift of Mrs Ella Bodor 1994
- Accession number