East Asian Art
Document Box with Design of Five ButterfliesMade in Japan, Asia
Edo Period (1615-1868), 17th - 18th century
Artist/maker unknown, Japanese
Lacquer, deer hide, gold, silver, silk
Currently not on view
2004-83-1a,bPurchased with the Hollis Fund for East Asian Art Acquisitions, 2004
LabelThis bold design and shape are strongly influenced by the lacquer works of Hon'ami Köetsu. The butterfly has been a popular motif since the Heian period (794-1185) and is an auspicious symbol of love and happiness because butterflies love to be with flowers.