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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Meiji Boxes made from Gilded Ceiling of Kodaiji Temple

Meiji Boxes made from Gilded Ceiling of Kodaiji Temple


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1900: Item # 1396746

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
tel.81-75-201-3497
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 $790.00 
A pair of opulent boxes made from the gilded ceiling planks of 16th century Kodaiji Temple in the Eastern Mountains of Kyoto city, home to the remains of the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The ancient planks have been covered in lacquer and gilded with genuine gold, which has worn away from age to spectacular effect. An inscription on the bottom of each box appears to be dated Meiji Dai-go Haru Sangatsu (Spring of 1882) and signed by the Sosui Shujin (Master of the Sosui) Above the lake Tensu-o (Due to the trailing manner of the script this is an educated guess as to the reading of the name). It states the boxes were made from the ceiling planks of the temple, received from a friend and were considered a personal treasure. They both are enclosed in a tiered wooden box titled Tenjoita Tobacco-bon. Each box is 23 x 17 x 7 cm (9 x 6-1/2 x 3 inches). Each comes with the pictured antique porcelain urns and bamboo pipe taps.
Kodaiji Temple, which belongs to the Rinzai Sect of Zen Buddhism, was established in 1606 in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of Japan's greatest historical figures, by his wife Nene who is also enshrined at the temple. Its main buildings were constructed in the opulent style of the era. They feature richly decorated interiors lavish with gold and lacquer and are surrounded by beautiful Zen gardens. After several fires the Temple was rebuilt in 1912.