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Tiered box
Inv. no. 1328
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This ingenious combination of techniques results in an exceptional and exquisite lacquer object. Although all four sides of the box comprise one main technique, each skilfully portrays a small portion of the contrasting technique, while the top consist of half of each. The Tsuishu family was renowned for its carved lacquerware deriving form the Chinese technique of carved red lacquer.

History of the Object
The box with four tiers is decorated in two distinctive areas showing a zigzag line that divides the box in two halves. The two craftsmen decorated the box in different and contrasting techniques. One side depicts overlapping cartouches of cherry blossoms and a crescent moon on a diaper ground in tsuishu of two levels. The other half portrays ducks on water in gold and silver hiramakie, takamakie and togidashie on a kinji ground.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Wood covered with tsuishu and kinji 
Measurements
Width 5cm Height 7,5 cm  
Creator name
Tsuishu Yosei; Kanshosai Toyo 
Creator date
Late eighteenth-nineteenth century 
Where it was made
Japan; Edo 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
18th Century - 19th Century; Late eighteenth-nineteenth century 
Function
decorative box 
Acquisition
Acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian through Gudénian at the Sir Trevor Lawrence Sale, held at Christie’s, London on 5th December 1916. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 
Museum
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum 
Credit line
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation /Calouste Gulbenkian Museum 

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