Lacquered jūbako-set

Price:  2.500,00

Elegant black lacquer 蝋色漆 (roiro’urushi) jûbako 重箱 (picnic box) with five trays, two lids and a pedestal. Decorated all around with gold and silver takamaki-e 高蒔絵 (high-relief design) of the leaves of a bashô-tree 場所 (Japanese fiber banana tree). Some parts of the leaves are extra detailed with small golden square specks. The rims of the trays are accentuated by gold lacquer, and the interior is lacquered with a nice even red layer.

The jûbako is in a very good condition, with only some very minor traces of age and wear. Please look at the photos for condition reference.

Including their original 2 black wooden tomobako 供箱 (storage boxes).

In Japan and in Asia the image of the banana plant, its frail leaves in the wind, its watery trunk, is a metaphor for the human body and its impermanence. From the very early days the Basho-plant was a source of inspiration. For example for the 12th century poet Saigyo reads:

“When the wind blows at random
go the leaves of the banana;
Thus is it laid waste;
Can anyone rely on this world? ”

(from Donald H. Shively / Hermitary)

Jūbako (重箱, lit. “tiered boxes”) are tiered boxes used to hold and present food in Japan. The boxes are often used to hold osechi, foods traditional to the Japanese New Year, or to hold takeaway lunches, or bento. (From Wikipedia)

When shipping we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Beautiful elegant black lacquered jūbako-set with five trays, two lids and a pedestal, decorated with large leaves of a bashō-banana in silver and gold makie-lacquer.

In a box. Showa Period.

Size; H. : 49 cm ; 24,5 x 24,5 cm.

Shipping and handling not included.

Ref. No. : 83492


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