Tray for Sewing Tools

Tray for Sewing Tools

나전 칠기 반짇그릇 (螺鈿漆器箱子)

1800s

Lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay

Diameter: 33.1 cm (13 1/16 in.); Overall: 9.6 cm (3 3/4 in.)

Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 1987.42

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Many thin layers of lacquer were applied to the tray's leather core. The design was cut into the dry lacquer and then the mother-of-pearl was inserted.

Description

This mother-of-pearl lacquer tray is decorated with various scenes of animals interacting with their natural surroundings. Its flat circular base depicts a pond where a leaping carp and a small school of fish swim below the boughs of a cherry tree. The tray’s exterior wall is densely decorated with various animals paired with plants symbolizing wishful thoughts of longevity, marital happiness, and prosperity.

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