Small Box

A work made of lacquer with gold and inlay.
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  • A work made of lacquer with gold and inlay.

Date:

17th century

Artist:

Artist unknown
Japanese

About this artwork

The proliferation of foreign faces in Edo-era prints has its roots in the appearance of Portuguese and Spanish “Southern Barbarians” in Japan in the mid-16th century and Dutch and English “Red-Hairs” in the early 17th. The “Southern Barbarian” figures decorating this box are shown wearing Portuguese fashions—tight-fitting jackets and ballooning trousers festooned with ruffles—which are depicted within the conventions of Japanese art. Fierce eyes and exaggerated noses complete the ensemble of alien attributes, while the mastiff pictured with the figures—more comic than threatening—reflects the new large dog breeds introduced to Japan from Europe.

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Asian Art

Title

Small Box

Origin

Japan

Date

1601–1700

Medium

Lacquer with gold and inlay

Credit Line

Nickerson Fund

Reference Number

1965.399

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