Display Box (Kazaribako) "Morning Glow"

Display Box (Kazaribako) "Morning Glow"

1999
Artist
Shunsho Hattori, 1943-
Country
Japan
box, lacquer
Lacquer, gold and abalone shell inlay on wood
Asian Art Association Acquisition Fund in honor of Ronald Otsuka's thirty years at the Denver Art Museum
2003.917A-B
Shunsho Hattori. Display Box (Kazaribako) "Morning Glow". 1999. Lacquer, gold and abalone shell inlay on wood. Asian Art Association Acquisition Fund in honor of Ronald Otsuka's thirty years at the Denver Art Museum. 2003.917A-B.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
width: 5.75 in, 14.6050 cm; depth: 5.75 in, 14.6050 cm; height: 3.75 in, 9.5250 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian
Display Box (Kazaribako) "Morning Glow" by Shunsho Hattori (b. 1943) Japan, Kyoto 1999, Heisei period Lacquer, gold and abalone shell inlay on wood Asian Art Association Acquisitions Fund in honor of Ronald Otsuka's thirty years at the Denver Art Museum 2003.917a,b Hattori Shunsho titled this display box Morning Glow (asa yake), an indication of his use of traditional imagery although his design reflects contemporary abstraction. He deftly combined colored and gold lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay (raden) to enrich the exterior of the box by carefully selecting pieces of iridescent abalone that were especially vibrant. Shunsho was born in Kyoto and was recognized for the excellence of his lacquer work when he was still in his teens.
Known Provenance
2003, DAM collection, Kagedo Japanese Art, Seattle WA, museum purchase.
Exhibition History
  • “The Light Show” — Denver Art Museum, 5/19/2019 – 3/7/2021