Japanese Antique Signed Gold Makie Lacquer Cherry Tree Kasaneju Stacking Boxes
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Japanese Antique Signed Gold Makie Lacquer Cherry Tree Kasaneju Stacking Boxes:
This is an early Meiji Era (c. 1870) set of fivelidded stacking boxes known as kasaneju or jubako. They are made of kiln dried cryptomeria wood, with over twenty layers of black lacquer and raised gold (makie) detailing on the sides and lid. The makie (inlayed gold) hand paintedart workis of a large cherry tree in full bloom. The cherry blossom in Japanese art is often compared to the fleeting glory of a young warrior. Magnificent and majestic, for only a short while.
These stacking boxes were used during the Japanese week of New Year's to contian various pickled foods for guests and relatives that might stop by to wish them a "Shogatsu Omedeto!" (Happy New Year!). Two lids were provided to keep the contents covered when unstacked. This kasaneju was signed by the artisan Yamaki (see signature in picture 8).
A testament to their durability, with the exception of a few areas of loss to the lacquer and two small cracks (see pictures 9 & 11)this set of five boxes and two lids remain in very good conditon with the gold art work remaining almost in perfect condition. Having limited use only on new years and having been in storage for over a century, this set of kasaneju stacking boxes remains a fine and functional art piece. Measures 8 1/4" by 9" by 2 3/4" individually and 13 3/4"when stacked including 1 lid (21x 23 x 7and 35 cm).
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