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Box with Foliage Design

Uono Jisei (Japanese, 1883 – after 1941)
Lacquered wood, mother-of-pearl
Work : 6 1/4 x 11 x 8 3/4 in. (15.88 x 27.94 x 22.23 cm)
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Hope College Collection
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Asian lacquer is derived from the sap of the tree Toxicodendron vernicifluum. When the sap is refined and applied in thin coats to objects made of wood, leather or cloth, it creates a highly durable surface that protects the objects against damage from acid, hot temperatures, damp rot and insects. Lacquer can be processed to produce different colors and levels of gloss, creating aesthetic possibilities that artists in Asia have been exploring for more than two thousand years. During the Meiji period, Japanese artists developed a new pictorial style of lacquer that was influenced by European Art Nouveau. The new style typically featured natural motifs drawn in a stylized manner using a limited palette of colors. This accessory box was created by Uono Jisei, a Kyoto lacquer artist who helped advance the new Meiji style in the 1910s and 20s.

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