Dining Set in Gourd-Shaped Container
bamboo, paper, lacquer and metal
Gift of Adelle Lutz and David Byrne
. Dining Set in Gourd-Shaped Container. bamboo, paper, lacquer and metal. Gift of Adelle Lutz and David Byrne. 2004.885.1-32.
Dimensionsheight: 23.25 in, 59.0550 cm
Dining Set in Gourd-Shaped Container China 1700s-1800s, Qing dynasty (re-lacquered Japan, late 1940s) Bamboo, paper, lacquer, metal Lutz Bamboo Collection, gift of Adelle Lutz and David Byrne 2004.885.1-.32 A dining set complete with wine pourer, wine cups, covered containers, bowls, and plates is nested into a hinged, gourd-shaped carrying case. The set is formed by weaving fine strands of bamboo into a subtle lozenge pattern and applying layers of paper and lacquer to make the case and vessels rigid. In China, the calabash or bottle gourd (hulu or huzi) was used as a container for food, liquor, and medicine. Full of seeds, it is symbolic of fertility, abundance, and good fortune. The bottle gourd is also associated with magic and immortality.
Known ProvenanceAt least 1979-2004, Lutz Bamboo Collection, purchased at an unknown date in Nara, Japan; 2004, DAM collection, gift of the Lutz family.