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Lacquer Jubako, Japan, mid 19th c
Lacquer Jubako, Japan, mid 19th c  - Asian Art & Antiques Style Lacquer Jubako, Japan, mid 19th c  - Lacquer Jubako, Japan, mid 19th c  -
Ref : 70921
Period :
19th century
Medium :
Dimensions :
L. 11.81 inch X l. 11.81 inch X H. 22.64 inch
Asian Art & Antiques  - Lacquer Jubako, Japan, mid 19th c 19th century - Lacquer Jubako, Japan, mid 19th c
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Lacquer Jubako, Japan, mid 19th c

Antique formal Japanese Jyubako, 5 tiers lacquer food box for ceremonial use of the aristocracy during the late Edo, Bakumatsu period, 1853 à 1868 or early Meiji
Of square section, decorated with floral motif on exterior, on a roiro ground designed in gilt takamaki-e hiramakion all four sides and two lids, the interiors made of nashiji lacquer together with a stand decorated with the same pattern. Inner lids decorate in hira maki- e and taka maki- e on a nashiji lacquer and representing different ornated shells
This food box was designed for a celebratory meal, such as New Year’s feast. It comes with two lids so that the boxes can be easily separated into two sets.
This very refined and well preserved set is still usable.
Composed of 8 parts: 5 obento boxes sections, 1 Dai stand, 2 lids the set comes with a custom made lacquered wood box.
Dimensions: total item H 57.5 cm. Individual Obento section dimensions: 24x24x8 cm. Dai stand dimensions: 30x30x 9 cm.
Very good, light wear marks from usage visible on box section, very well preserved and immediately usable.
One of the most enjoyed parts of New Year’s Day celebrations (oshogatsu) is the medley of traditional Japanese food served throughout. This is called osechi ryori, gracing tables since the Heian period (794 AD — 1185).
Interestingly, it was considered taboo to cook at the time, so preparations began in the final days of the previous year.
Traditional dishes that could be eaten at room temperature over the holidays were stored in a traditional, multi-tiered, lacquer box called jubako which means “stacked boxes” in Japanese.
A jubako is symbolically used with the hope that all of the happiness that accompanies eating osechi ryori will be so great that it will be “stacked” upon each other in the coming year just like dishes nestled in the boxes. .
In the earliest days of osechi ryori, the mainstay was nimono, or vegetables that have been boiled in soy sauce, sugar or mirin. Throughout the years, the foods included in osechi have increased dramatically. Now, osechi can be used to refer to any food that has been prepared for the sake of New Year’s Day, and some even includes Westernized osechi or Chinese osechi. Each tier of the jubako features a specific kind of osechi, and the amount depends on how many tiers the jubako has. Typically, there are 3 to 5 layers. The top box includes many celebratory dishes called shugi sakanamade to eat alongside drinking sake.
Next includes vinegared dishes, called sunomono, and the third tier is yakimono. The fourth will have nimono. Lastly, the bottom, final layer may have leftovers that didn’t fit i Osechi ryori is almost always served in 2–5 stacked square boxes with a lid on the top box.

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Cristina Ortega & Michel Dermigny


Asian Art & Antiques