Cabinet

ca. 1870 (made)

Unknown

Height: 31 cm estimate through the cabinet

AP.106-1872 EAS

Cabinet, wood covered in black lacquer with gold and silver filings and with gold, silver, black and red hiramaki-e, takamaki-e and togidashi-e lacquer and metal leaf alloys with the design of cranes and long-haired tortoises; shakudo fittings, Japan, about 1870.

Cabinet, wood covered in black lacquer with gold and silver filings and with gold, silver, black and red hiramaki-e, takamaki-e and togidashi-e lacquer and metal leaf alloys with the design of cranes and long-haired tortoises; shakudo fittings.

This cabinet contains an old V&A label that provides it with a historical context. It states, 'Given in 1872 by Jiju Sanjo, a Son of the Prime Minister of Japan.' Sanjo Sanetomi (1837-91) was an aristocrat and politician of the late Edo (1615-1868) and Meiji periods. In 1872, he was appointed servant (jiju) to the Imperial Court. Since there was no such office as 'Prime Minister' in Japan at that time, it is likely that there was a misunderstanding of Japanese terminology.

Location: Japan, room 45, case 13

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