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Presentation Box for Sweets
RMV 360-4871
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It does qualify as the best in basketry work, made of very thin strips of bamboo, provided with a plaited stand and a lid. What makes it really special, in addition to its most unusual shape, is the refinement in the alternating patterns, from simply straight at the bottom of the bowl, into a zigzag pattern around the major part of the bowl, intersected at various places with most exquisite adornments. Otherwise it is surprising in three respects: its shape reminiscent of a chalice; its contents when making its appearance, sweets; and the inside, of a shiny red lacquer. It would seem that there is only one other of the kind known to exist, both being bought as new items at Fuchū during the 1822 court journey. This allows us to date them as manufactured in 1821 – by a highly skilled artisan. Prof. Matthi Forrer, curator Japanese arts, Leiden.

History of the Object
In his account of the 1822 court journey to Edo, Fisscher remarked that the best basketry work could be found at Fuchū, near the Hakone mountains. It seems most likely that this box for sweets was bought in that town.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Bamboo; lacquer 
Measurements
Width 20 cm. Height 35 cm  
Creator name
Anonymous, a highly skilled artisan. 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan, Fuchū 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; 1821 
Function
Presentation box 
Acquisition
Collected by Johannes Frederik van Overmeer Fischer between 1820 and 1826. Ex Collection Royal Cabinet of Rarities, The Hague (1831-1883). Acquired by the museum in 1883. Johan van Overmeer Fisscher (1800-1848) came to Japan as a servant employed in various capacities at Deshima, from 1820 to 1829. Much like Captain Blomhoff, also Fisscher made an extensive collection of objects with the explicit purpose of elucidating to the Dutch audience what Japanese culture entailed. His collection was smaller than Blomhoff’s, yet the overall quality and understanding of Japanese culture witnessed in the items is much better. Like the Blomhoff collection, it was moved to Leiden in 1883 when the Royal Cabinet of Curiosities was dissolved (see: “History of the Institution”). 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, the Netherlands 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology, Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde 
Credit line
National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, the Netherlands 

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