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A Japanese lacquer casket/Namban chest, commissioned by the Portuguese, Edo period (1603-1868).

8 000 - 10 000 SEK
731 - 914 EUR
777 - 971 USD
Hammer price
44 000 SEK
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Cecilia Nordström
Cecilia Nordström
Head Specialist Asian Ceramics and Works of Art, European Ceramics and Glass
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A Japanese lacquer casket/Namban chest, commissioned by the Portuguese, Edo period (1603-1868).

The rectangular casket with domed hinged cover, decorated in gold hiramaki-e and inlaid in mother-of-pearl on a black ground, the cover and the front with floral vine, all bordered with nanban tendril, the interior in black lacquer, copper fittings engraved with stylized flowers and scrolls, and lacquered on top. Measurement 17.5x11x10 cm.

Wear, loss of decoration.


Compare a similar chest at Christies, May 11th 2015, European Courts encounter Japan, Auction 11671, lot no 1.

More information

The word Namban. In 1543, a Chinese boat carrying Portuguese sailors went aground off the Japanese coast — setting in motion what was to be a most lively, profitable, and prolonged cultural interchanges. Iberian Catholics began arriving to the island country in droves, in search of trade and converts.

Japanese-Western relations got off to a rocky start. The suspicion and contempt were mutual. Because they sailed from the south, the Japanese called these strange, unfathomable beings, ‘Southern Barbarians’ (namban).