Edo Period Artists/Artisans

Coffer in Nanban (Southern Barbarian) Style

Japan (c. 1700s)

Black lacquer on wood with gold painted design;H. 24 13/16 in. (63 cm); W. 52 3/16 in. (132.6 cm); D. 23 7/16 in. (59.5 cm).

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Made-for-export lacquers were exuberantly decorated with designs from all manner of Asian and Western sources.

A variety of chests, coffers, and writing desks, such as this rare large piece, were produced in the Edo period for the Dutch East India Company. Nanban designates objects of European inspiration, mostly made for export.



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