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Five-Tiered Japanese Lacquerware Serving Trays

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Japan Anonymous, Japanese
Five-Tiered Japanese Lacquerware Serving Trays, c. 1870
Lacquer on Wood
1/2 in. x 10 1/8 in. x 10 1/8 in. (1.27 cm x 25.72 cm x 25.72 cm)


Object Type: Lacquerware
Technique: Carving
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Edward Nagel
Accession Number: 71.1.332


Marks
One plate has a label reading "6" on the bottom. The other plates have no marks.

Medium
Carved lacquered plates with gilt and mother-of-pearl and clay details.

Object Description
Set of five medium-sized round stacking plates, with concentric grooves on their tops. They are finished in red lacquer on the tops and sides, and in a mahogany lacquer on their bottoms, with the central area in a gold and copper flecked over-lacquer. The tops of the plates each have floral, fruit, and leaf decorations in relief, formed of carved wood, clay, and mother-of -pearl, with gold accents. All five have different decoration.

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