Box with Design of Phoenixes and Paulownia

Made by K. Hattori and Company, Tokyo, established 1917

Geography:
Made in Japan, Asia

Period:
Taishō Period (1912-1926)

Date:
c. 1920

Medium:
Lacquer on wood with openwork silver frame

Dimensions:
4 7/8 x 11 1/4 x 7 5/8 inches (12.4 x 28.6 x 19.4 cm)

Copyright:

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2008-7-4a,b

Credit Line:
Gift of Frederick R. McBrien III, 2008

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Label:
The motif of phoenixes (symbol of the empress) and sixteen-petal-chrysanthemum silver mounts on this box suggest that it was an imperial presentation piece. The silver rim has an incised seal, reading "made by Hattori [company]," but the skilled craftsman remains unidentified.

Additional information:
  • PublicationThe Art of Japanese Craft: 1875 to the Present

    The motif of phoenixes (symbol of the empress) and sixteen-petal-chrysanthemum silver mounts on this box suggest that it was an imperial presentation piece. The silver rim has an incised seal, reading "made by Hattori [company]," but the skilled craftsman remains unidentified. Felice Fischer, from The Art of Japanese Craft: 1875 to the Present, Philadelphia Museum of Art Bulletin (2008), p. 44.