Display Box (Kazaribako) with Snake Grass and Lozenge Design

Display Box (Kazaribako) with Snake Grass and Lozenge Design

1964
Artist
Taguchi Yoshikuni, b. 1923
Country
Japan
box
lacquer and gold on wood
Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust
2011.287A-C
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.
This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 10 3/8 in, 26.3525 cm; width: 4 1/8 in, 10.4775 cm; depth: 7.5 in, 19.0500 cm
Department
Asian
Collection
Asian
Display Box (Kazaribako) with Snake Grass and Lozenge Design by Taguchi Yoshikuni (Taguchi Zenjiro), (1923-98) Japan, Tokyo 1964, Showa period Lacquer and gold on wood Funds from the Sam F. and Freda R. Davis Charitable Trust 2011.287a-c 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).
Known Provenance
At least 2011, Kaigedo Japanese Art, Seattle WA, acquired in Japan at unknown date; 2011, DAM collection, museum purchase.

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