Kô-dansu (cabinet) with stand - ROM2005_3777_1


Kô-dansu (cabinet) with stand

Medium:Lacquered wood with ceramic and metal inserts and maki-e gilding
Geography: Japan
Date: 19th century AD
Period: Edo-Meiji periods
38.1 x 30.2 x 21.7 cm
Object number: 984.262.1.1
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Roy G. Cole
Not on view
DescriptionRichly decorated lacquer objects figured prominently among the objects used in daily life by the elite. The principal method for decorating Japanese lacquer involves dusting the still-damp finish with powdered gold or silver. Practised from the eighth century on, maki-e (literally "sprinkled-picture") was refined to create several effects such as hira-maki-e (flat design), taka-maki-e (high relief design), and nashiji (pear-skin). Maki-e lacquer designs usually feature motifs from nature and scenic landscape, and often reflect the Japanese tradition of literary allusions. Maki-e decoration was applied to all kinds of objects used by the aristocracy and military elite: furniture, religious paraphernalia, tableware, and military gear. Europeans visiting Japan began collecting lacquered objects avidly as early as the mid-16th century, stimulating a robust export trade that endured into the early 20th century. Drawers and interior of doors with decoration of bamboo and cranes in sprinkled metallic powders, or maki-e, lacquer technique.
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