Japanese Lacquer Box, circa 1920

circa 1920
black and gold lacquer on wood
12. x 27 cm

Traditional Japanese lacquer is the sap from the Urushi tree, refined and applied in many layers on a wooden base to provide a light and impermeable surface. The decoration is created with powdered gold and this elegant bento box has a design of peacocks, an incredible distillation of nature in a particular Japanese way.

Please see images of the crack on the lid.


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