Edo Period (Circa 1780), Japanese, lacquer, document box depicting a gorgeous motif of the “Three Friends of Winter” (pine, bamboo and plum trees) throughout. Symbolizing steadfastness, perseverance, and resilience, (as they do not wither in the cold) the plants were crafted upon brown lacquered surfaces with raised and dimensional gold lacquer paint. The box features a long, domed lid with straight, flat sides. It overlaps the fitted bottom, which features two, decorated, circular loops (in which a cord would have been placed to secure the lid in place). The internal surfaces, along with the bottom of the box, have been lacquered in a red tone with small flecks of gold embedded into the surfaces. Please note, this document box shows signs commensurate with age. Restoration has occurred to include several of the box surfaces being stabilized as well as having the missing areas filled and toned into the surrounding surfaces.
Dimensions: 16” x 4” x 3.75”
C: HRC; BL: ERH
Edo Period Japanese Lacquer "Three Friends of Winter" Document Box
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