A beautiful , small Namban casket, made of lacquered and leaf-gilded wood with mother-of-pearl inlay. The casket has a conventional form with a domed, hinged lid. The body and sides are divided into panels separated by horizontal and vertical bands of geometric shell inlay. The lid is decorated with two rows of three flowers each, one set has round petals, while the other has diamond-shape petals. The front and sides are decorated with an unusual star-shape design. The back is decorated with a vegetal motive which is partially painted, gilded and inlaid. The casket has retained its original - once gilded - engraved copper handle, lock-plate and clasp.
Japan, made for for the Portuguese market. Momoyama Period. Late 16th century.
Dimensions: width 16,5cm ; height 1,5cm ; depth 9cm
Sold as seen on the pictures, with some minor damages and restoration.
Price : on request