Cosmetic Box
On View In:
Gallery 221
Artist:   Artist Unknown  
Title:   Cosmetic Box  
Date:   Edo period  
Medium:   Wood with black and gold lacquer  
Dimensions:   Diam.4-9/16 (mirror) in.; Diam.5-1/4 (case) in.  
Credit Line:   Gift of Mrs. George W. Porter  
Location:   Gallery 221  

These small boxes are decorated with a pattern of bamboo, plum and pine, symbolic of strength and longevity. They also bear the hollyhock crest of the Tokugawa family rulers of Japan during the Edo period (1615-1868).

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Crest Crest of the Tokugawa Family  
Classification:   Lacquerware  
Physical Description:   Mirror of metal on the back of which are birds trees and sacred turtle in high relief, bearing the crest of the Tokugawa family, three asarum leaves, their points together, within a circle Mirror fits into round lacquer box also bearing the crest, three times on cover.  
Creation Place:   Asia, Japan, , ,  
Accession #:   24.21.1a-c  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts