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Decorated Wooden Box

A work made of pearwood with iron hinges, leather, red stain, inlaid with two netsuke masks.
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  • A work made of pearwood with iron hinges, leather, red stain, inlaid with two netsuke masks.

Date:

1884

Artist:

Paul Gauguin
French, 1848–1903

About this artwork

Paul Gauguin experimented with techniques in a variety of media including ceramics, woodcut print, sculpture, and wood carving. In high and low relief across the front of this box, the artist fashioned dancers reminiscent of those seen in the work of his contemporary Edgar Degas. On the back, Gauguin inlaid Japanese fasteners, called netsuke, shaped as miniature masks. Inside, he hewed a rough, macabre human figure inspired by oak coffins of the Danish Bronze Age, which the artist saw in late 1884 while visiting his wife’s family in Copenhagen. The box showcases Gauguin’s curiosity about global art forms, which he appropriated and combined in the service of his own creative vision.

Status

On View, Gallery 247

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Paul Gauguin

Title

Decorated Wooden Box

Date

1884

Medium

Pearwood with iron hinges, leather, red stain, inlaid with two netsuke masks

Dimensions

22 × 14.8 × 51.5 cm (8 5/8 × 5 7/8 × 20 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior bequest of Joseph Winterbotham

Reference Number

2019.1234

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