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小箱 kobako (small box)
  • Japan
  • 小箱 kobako (small box), 1800s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • lacquer, gold, silver, lead
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 2.5 x 7.6 x 8.9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 1 x 3 x 3 1/2 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1929.0011.a,b

Gold speckled lacquer box with a lid. On top of the box is a gold, black, red and brown design of samurai armor, including helmet (kabuto), half mask (menpō), and armed sleeves (kote) with hand guards (tekkō). The helmet has a frontal ornament (maedate) resembling horns of either stag beetle (kuwagata) or antler.