Oshiki

AUBE-09

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Rectangular Oshiki type tray with angled corners
Negoro ware on wood
Japan, Momoyama period (1573-1603), 16th century
H. 1.1 in (2.9cm) – W. 14 ½ in (36.9cm) – L. 7 ½ in (19.1cm)

Oshiki is a type of tray used for the placement of tableware. It is thought that it was also used for offerings in the Shinto ritual, and many examples remain in Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. They are generally square-shaped, but some less common forms, including triangular examples, are known. Rectangular examples such as this one are quite rare. A similar tray was exhibited and published in “Negoro: Efflorescence of Medieval Japanese Lacquerware”, Miho Museum, Japan, 2013 (see n°186, page 191)

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