East Asian Art
Box with Design of Phoenixes and PaulowniaMade in Japan, Asia
Made by K. Hattori and Company, Tokyo, established 1917
Lacquer on wood with openwork silver frame
Currently not on view
2008-7-4a,bGift of Frederick R. McBrien III, 2008
LabelThe motif of phoenixes (symbol of the empress) and sixteen-petal-chrysanthemum silver mounts on this box suggest that it was an imperial presentation piece. The silver rim has an incised seal, reading "made by Hattori [company]," but the skilled craftsman remains unidentified.