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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
19th Century Lacquered Jubako Stacking Box

19th Century Lacquered Jubako Stacking Box

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Lacquer: Pre 1900: Item # 1483199
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A striking, seemingly contemporary design, covers all surfaces of this eye-catching stacking box set dating from the later Edo to early Meiji period (early to mid 19th century). Called a Jubako, stacking boxes such as this were used on festive occasions to contain food. Even today one can see them on tables across the island nation at New years. Here a brazen design of variously colored precious gold lines stagger in lightning streaks across the rectangular forms. On top is a crest reading Konotori (the character for the Oriental White Stork) and a family crest of Myoga (Japanese Ginger). The entire design is performed in Togidashi, Nashiji and Hira-Maki-e with the crests in Hira Maki-e further adorned with and Keuchi golden details. It is 24.3 x 23 x 47 cm (9-3/4 x 9-1/4 x 19 inches) and in overall fine condition with minor losses typical of age and use.