Taguchi Yoshikuni. Display Box (Kazaribako) with Snake Grass and Lozenge Design. 1964. lacquer and gold on wood. Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust. 2011.287A-C.
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height: 10 3/8 in, 26.3525 cm; width: 4 1/8 in, 10.4775 cm; depth: 7.5 in, 19.0500 cm
Display Box (Kazaribako) with Snake Grass and Lozenge Design
by Taguchi Yoshikuni (Taguchi Zenjiro), (1923-98)
1964, Showa period
Lacquer and gold on wood
Funds from the Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust
For this display box, Taguchi Yoshikuni used an innovative combination of raised lacquer (taka makie), carved lacquer (choshitsu), and cut-gold inlaid lacquer (kirikane). He employed the straight, segmented stalks of snake grass to form a linear pattern that countered the geometric lozenges on the larger sides of the box. Born in Tokyo, Taguchi was designated in 1989 as a Preserver of Important Cultural Property (Juyo Mukei Bunkazai), commonly known as a Living National Treasure (Ningen Kokuho).
At least 2011, Kaigedo Japanese Art, Seattle WA, acquired in Japan at unknown date; 2011, DAM collection, museum purchase.
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