Document Box with Design of Five Butterflies

Artist/maker unknown, Japanese

Geography:
Made in Japan, Asia

Period:
Edo Period (1615-1868)

Date:
17th - 18th century

Medium:
Lacquer, deer hide, gold, silver, silk

Dimensions:
5 1/8 x 11 13/16 x 13 3/8 inches (13 x 30 x 34 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2004-83-1a,b

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Hollis Fund for East Asian Art Acquisitions, 2004

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Label:
This 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.