Pomegranate Kobako

Pomegranate kobako in golden and red-brown lacquer, partially opened, revealing some seeds. The inside is in nashiji lacquer, the stem forming the stand.

Originally from South-West Asia and the Middle East, the pomegranate was introduced to Japan by China or Korea, depending on the source, around the 9th and 10th centuries under the name of zakuro (石榴). Its plantation area extends from the southern region of Tohoku to Okinawa.

The beauty of the fruits and flowers of the pomegranate tree are very appreciated in Japan. It is often cultivated for ornamental purposes, in the garden or as a bonsai. The plant is also mentioned in Koten engei shokubutsu (古典園芸植物), Classical Horticultural Plants, a book on the art of gardening of the Edo period. In contrast to Western horticulture, which considers the garden more as a landscape, Edo period horticulture is emerging as an art in its own right, with various aspects such as spirituality and entertainment. The pomegranate tree has been planted in gardens since antiquity as a tree of good omen. Its ripe fruit containing many red seeds is a symbol of fertility.

Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912)
Height : 3,2 in – Diameter : 3,3 in