Te-bako (cosmetic box) with pine tree, bamboo, crane, and turtle motifs - ROM2005_3742_1

ROM2005_3742_1

Te-bako (cosmetic box) with pine tree, bamboo, crane, and turtle motifs

Medium:Lacquered wood with maki-e gilding and brass fittings
Geography: Japan
Date: 1575-1600 AD
Period: Momoyama period
Dimensions:
30.4 x 37.5 x 28 cm
Object number: 973.149.A
On view
Gallery Location:Prince Takamado Gallery of Japan
DescriptionThe te-bako ("hand-box") contained cosmetics and other personal items. By the Heian period (794 – 1185), the use of cosmetic boxes became popular among ladies of the imperial court. Centuries later, as women of the warrior and merchant classes copied this tradition, elaborate cosmetic boxes continued to be produced. The round, peaked shape of the lid on this box is typical of the cosmetic boxes made during the Momoyama period (1575 –1603)
Collection:
Japan
Browse Categories:Daily Life
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