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Stationery Box in Kōdaiji style

Momoyama period (1573–1615)
early 17th century
Gold- and silver-foil inlay, gold maki-e, on lacquered wood
H. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); W. 17 15/16 in. (45.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.82a, b
Not on view
The bold combination of naturalistic landscape designs and scattered paulownia crests on contrasting diagonal fields divided by a zigzag border is characteristic of a distinctive style of Momoyama-period lacquer decoration known as Kōdaiji, which was current from the 1580s through the early seventeenth century. The style is associated with the military potentate Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536–1598) and named for the Kōdaiji temple, where his memorial shrine was built in 1616. The shrine's lacquered interior, along with some thirty lacquer objects of personal use that are preserved there, are similarly decorated with naturalistic designs, mainly of autumn grasses, which are often combined with scattered paulownia crests, the personal emblem of the Toyotomi family. On this box the landscape motifs of a snow-covered willow by a bridge and a wisteria-wrapped pine tree are unusual, as is the use of gold-and-silver-foil inlay.
[ Yanagi Takashi , Kyoto, unti 1973; sold to Welch].; Stuart Cary Welch , Warner, NH (until 1986; sold to Naumann).; [ Klaus F. Naumann , Tokyo, until 1987; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Kodai-ji Lacquer," 1995.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Resonant Image: Tradition in Japanese Art (Part Two)," April 27, 1998–September 27, 1998.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art in Early Japan," 1999–2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sense of Place: Landscape in Japanese Art," May 8, 2002–September 8, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds, Flowers, and Buddhist Paradise Imagery in Japanese Art," February 14, 2004–June 13, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Beautiful Country: Yamato-e in Japanese Art," November 20, 2010–June 5, 2011.

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