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棗 natsume (tea caddy)
  • Japan
  • 棗 natsume (tea caddy), late 1700s–early 1800s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • lacquer, gold, silver, lead, wood
  • Object Height/Diameter: 7.3 x 6.9 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 2 7/8 x 2 11/16 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1929.0013.a,b
Label Text

Silver lacquer box and lid. The box has makie designs in gold of auspicious treasures, including a good-luck mallet, a money bag, weights, a key (hōyaku), folded scrolls, cloves, and a magical cloak and bamboo hat that ensured teh wearer’s invisibility. The interior of the box is black. The inside of the lid is decorated with maple leaves in gold, red and blue.