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Cabinet
FO/0630
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

For its date, quality and rarity.

History of the Object
In the vast universe of Namban furniture, the contador (portable cabinet), in its numerous variants, was among the pieces most demanded by the Europeans. Here, the maki-e (powdered metal applied on humid lacquer) and raden (inlaid mother of pearl) decoration makes use of a series of geometric and vegetal motifs. On the lid are bird and lion among foliage and trees such as tangerine trees (tachibana), symbol of longevity, maple (momiji) and Chinese bellflowers (kikyo).

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Black lacquered wood (urushi), golden lacquer (maki-e), mother-of-pearl (raden) and metal alloy (fittings) 
Measurements
Width 30 cm Height 29 cm Length 42,5 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
For transport (ex: documents). 
Acquisition
Acquired in 1997 to an Antique dealer. 
Copyright
Copyright of the photograph - Hugo Maertens/BNP Paribas/Museu do Oriente, Lisbon. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Fundação Oriente 
Museum
Fundação Oriente / Museu do Oriente 
Credit line
 

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