Small namban chest

Small namban style chest with a semi-cylindrical lid made of black lacquered wood (urushi) with gold lacquer (maki-e) and inlaid with mother-of-pearl (raden).
Mon style decoration (family emblem) of ginkos and chrysanthemums framed by friezes alternating three grooves and mother-of-pearl inlays. Copper fittings and black lacquer interior.

The Namban art of the 16th and 17th centuries was influenced by the contacts with the West and in particular the Portuguese who arrived in Japan from the middle of the 16th century. They are called namban-jin, literally “southern barbarians”. Traders or missionaries went to Japan, bringing with them a culture totally foreign to Japan. Namban lacquerware is characterized by a decoration in gold maki-e lacquer and inlaid mother-of-pearl (raden).

Japan – Azuchi Momoyama period (1573-1603)
Height : 4.1 in. (10.5 cm) – width : 6.3 in. (16.2 cm) – depth : 3.7 in. (9.5 cm)