This box is in hirameiji lacquer and consists in three registers, every register corresponding to a compartment and every compartment being of decreasing size. There is a continuity in the decoration between compartments.
The last compartment presents a decoration of dunes and rocks made in kimekomi (Literally " pushed completely ", this technique consists in dressing in gold or silver leaves) realized in decorations relief and representing most of the time the roughness of trunks or crevices of a rock). Dunes and rocks surround a lake. These designs are in gilded maki-e.
Above and on both the other registers, we notice a design of chrysanthemums. Some of them are in fundame (what means literally "heap of dust" and consists of a fine gold or silver dust sprayed so as to obtain a smooth and close surface), others are in lacquer with metallic oxide.
The lid is also decorated with rocks in kimekomi around a lake. The rest of the lid is decorated with chrysanthemums. On the lid is affixed the môn of the Mori’s family.
On the lower compartments are affixed two môns, those of the Mori et Makino families. On the last compartment are placed on both sides two silvery buttons engraved in the shape of chrysanthemum with a ring intended to cross the braided link which allows the transport and the closure of the box. The inside is in nashiji (granular surface on a golden background which reminds the peel of a Japanese variety of pears. It consists in spraying gold or silver flakes of variables size and colors even when the lacquer is still fresh, then the whole is covered with a yellow-red varnish).
These boxes, decorated with two môns, symbolize the union of two families and thus are a part of the wedding trousseau.
Japan- Edo period (1603-1868)
Height : 13,6cm – Lenght : 12,5cm – Widht : 14,4cm