A lacquer presentation box with mother-of-pearl inlays from Japanese Ryukyu Islands circa 17-18th century. The lidded box in rectangular form with rounded corner is a classic example of presentation box made on Ryukyu around the time. At the confluence of aesthetic of China, Korean and Japan, the Ryukyuan lacquerware was distinguished in a unique appeal in its multi-cultural influence and particularly for the extensive and fine workmanship of MOP inlays. Such a box was usually used to present a gift on special occasions.
The purpose was subtly revealed by the depicted scene on the front cover. Two men in scholarly attires, each accompanied by an attendant, one apparently holding a gift, are visiting and conversing with each other. The idyllic location is set in a dense pine and bamboo forest in front of a small building. The building on these boxes always appear humble, suggesting a tea house or a rustic studio, which reflects the scholarly character of the men in the picture.The box features slightly scalloped corners and rounded sides slopping down toward the base. Shaped panels with composition of floral scrolling on a pattern ground adorn all four side. For reference on a similar presentation box, see East Asian Lacquer The Florence and Herbert Irving Collection (Metropolitan Museum of Art) page 357-358.
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