Casket with drawers, anonymous, c. 1800 - c. 1850

Casket with drawers, anonymous, c. 1800 - c. 1850

lacquer on wood, w 22.7cm × h 17.5cm × d 14.5cm More details

Japanese applied arts often play with expectations, surprising their users. The exterior of this casket is decorated with neat, ordered landscapes. However, the interior is very different, for the flap opens to reveal that the knobs of the drawers are butterflies, whose wings can even move.

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