Traditional Japanese Art for a Bright Future "Signs of Good Fortune" from the collection of Susan Tosk

Nov 12, 2020 - Dec 30, 2020

Unsigned (Signs of Good Fortune)

Lacquer maki-e Ewer (yuto)

8 1/2 in


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Unsigned/unknown, 17th/18th Century, Gold hiramaki-e, ro-iro

A fine lacquer yuto (hot water ewer) with imagery of auspicious peacock feathers, done in hiramaki-e gold lacquer on roiro black lacquer.  Two mon (family crests) are done in hiramaki-e, the three tones of gold lacquer indicating high rank.  Two aristocratic mon of the Nabeshima clan of Saga is formed of two gyo-yo (a piece of suits of armor). This and he Imperial kiri mon (paulownia) indicates the vessel celebrated uniting two great families.

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