Wooden sake container
Gold maki-e, silver cap
L.9cm; W.11cm; H.25.5cm
Edo period, 18th century

The gold maki-e on the black lacquer is enough moderate. Because gold maki-e was not covered entirely, the contrast of maki-e and black lacquer stands out and it makes this piece elegant. The pattern of maki-e is called Saya-gata. This pattern is composed with the sequences of swastika. It originated in China at the Momoyama period, and it became so popular to have been used as a formal pattern. The design of the cap is chrysanthemum, and its small size is very lovely and modest. The bottom was lacquered with nashiji lacquer. It is utterly a pure beauty of modesty.