Document Box with Design of Five Butterflies

Artist/maker unknown, Japanese

Made in Japan, Asia

Edo Period (1615-1868)

17th - 18th century

Lacquered deer hide with brown lacquer and silver and gold powder decoration

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

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 242, Asian Art, second floor

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

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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.

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