Kobako Two Shells

 

Kobako in gold lacquer fundame in the shape of two joined shells, the interior and the bottom in nashi-ji lacquer. One of the two shells has a hiramaki-e decoration of gold lacquer and mura nashi-ji on a black background. It represents a landscape lit by the diffuse light of the moon, crossed by a river and animated by mountains and a valley dotted with trees and thatched cottages. White lacquer highlights for the moon and red lacquer to represent the leaves of a maple

The representation of lake landscapes bordered by mountains is frequent: Japan is an island country, but also mountainous. Very steep, located in the center of each island, mountains isolate Japanese landscapes. Most regions have their own symbolic and revered mountain, and climbing the mountains is a pilgrimage. It is thus usual to represent mountains giving way to small plains where the inhabitants dispute the ground with the rice fields and the lakes.

Japan – Edo period (1603 – 1868)

Height : 1.8 inch – Length : 4.8 inch