Artwork of the Week: October 25

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Japan, Edo Period (1615–1868), Picnic Box (Hanami-bako), lacquer and brass overlaid with metal alloy, about 1760. 9 1/16 x 16 1/16 x 16 1/4 in. Gallery 29A

Japan, Edo Period (1615–1868), Picnic Box (Hanami-bako), lacquer and brass overlaid with metal alloy, about 1760. 9 1/16 x 16 1/16 x 16 1/4 in. Gallery 29A

A well known and common image in Japanese art is depicted on this lacquered picnic box:  wooden planks placed among swampy ground surrounded by fields of irises.More specifically, this box shows one of the three most scenic gardens of the city of Okayama. This picnic set is complete with four food containers, a serving tray, two white-metal wine bottles, two small sliding boxes, and two wine cups that pack up nicely for transport.


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