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Oratory Namban
FO/0636
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

For its date, quality, rarity and for the oil painting with what appears to be St. Joseph holding the child Jesus on his lap.

History of the Object
The interior oil on wood painting may be attributed to the Jesuit painting school “after Western style”, started in Japan in the 1680s.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Black lacquered wood (urushi), golden lacquer (maki-e), mother-of-pearl (raden), golden leafed copper (fittings), pigments on wood (paint) 
Measurements
Width 5,1 cm Height 37,5 cm Length 29,2 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 16th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
16th Century - 17th Century; Momoyama (1573-1615)/Edo period (1615-1868), late 16th-early 17th 
Function
Among namban liturgical furniture, oratories are the second most representative group after missal stands. These small retables were designed to hold in the interior a sculpture of a saint or a painting. 
Acquisition
Acquired in 2004 from an Antique dealer 
Copyright
Copyright of the Photography - Hugo Maertens/BNP Paribas/Museu do Oriente, Lisboa. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Fundação Oriente 
Museum
Fundação Oriente / Museu do Oriente 
Credit line
 

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