Price: € 900,00
Beautiful vermillion lacquerware sage’jûbako 提げ重箱 (multi-tiered food boxes/picnic box) with seven stacked containers, raised by four small bracket-feet.
The exterior of the containers are completely encrusted with enticing and shiny mother-of-pearl 螺鈿 (raden). Two are completed with a cover. The interiors are lacquered in the same crimson hue.
The frame is fitted with a slender ‘warabite’-shaped bail handle with chrysanthemum-shaped 菊 (kiku) backplates. Next to which two small diamond-shaped studs to protect the lacquer for the handle.
The sides of the frame with an openwork design of bottle gourds 瓢箪 (hyôtan) and diamond-shapes. The rims of the frame are inlaid with fine mother-of-pearl as well.
Height 21.7 cm, Width 22.8 cm, Depth 16.7 cm.
Meiji-period – Second part 19th century
In a very good condition with minor traces wear consistent with age. Please look at the photo for a condition reference.
Hanami, as a major festival celebrating one of the four seasons, came to be associated with tiered food boxes called jûbako. Often made of lacquered wood, the tradition of stacking them was not only for functionality but also to symbolize the desire for good fortune to “accumulate.”
When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.