Kashibako Lacquer Box

Japanese Antique Round Lacquer Kashibako (Sweetmeat Box) with Domed Cover


Age:Meiji/Taisho Period, Early 20th Century

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 6-0”dia. x 4-0”h

This is a handcrafted Japanese black lacquer, round covered sweetmeat box with takamakie, (raised lacquer), which is indispensable in the tea ceremony. The wood and lacquered exterior and interior of the bowl and lid has an overall black lacquered and textured background of tiny leaves. It is finely ornamented illustrating an old textured cherry tree with inlay of detailed gold and mother-of-pearl cherry blossoms petals called yaezakura, (Cherry blossoms symbolize renewal in Japanese society and are edible and used in many traditional Japanese sweets). The lid has a wonderfully fashioned knob for ease in lifting. The inside of the black lacquer lid and bottom of the bowl has the makers mark. 

Antique Condition: Excellent, fine detailing with an exceptional number of layers of lacquer giving depth to the finish. “As Is”, and retains the original craft/workmanship and perfect marriage between the lid and bowl. There is no discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage.

NOTE: There is no other part of Japanese culture which better reflects the nature of the Japanese like Japanese Tea Ceremony. Japanese Tea Ceremony items combine the beauty of highly crafted lacquerware with the rich attention to detail and ritual of the Tea Ceremony. When Buddhism fell out of favor in Japan in the 19th century, artists redirected their work to produce objects for everyday life such as tea containers, trays and bowls which showcased their mastery of this technique with their intricate designs.