Tobacco or tea leaves container#540512
Box with design of dragonfly
Gold hira-maki-e, mother-of-pearl work
6 x 6 x 14(h) cm
Edo period, 19th century
A small box to put tobacco or tea leaves. The motif of the wild Japanese pampas grass and dragonflies were lacquered entirely. These are the typical motives which indicate the autumn season. The dragonflies were depicted freely with the rules of perspective. It amuses the viewers‘ eyes. Wings and bodies of the dragonflies were made with mother-of pearl carefully. Very charming box it is in good condition.