Japanese Lacquer Bento Stacked Box from the Edo Period (1603 – 1868), made in Circa 1800-1867, made with Maki-e Lacquer.
A lacquered bento holds rice or noodles, fish or meat, with pickled and cooked vegetables. A few layered Bento boxes to contain various meals together is a perfect accessory to a picnic, which was a norm of Japanese aristocracy.
Maki-e is a distinctive Japanese lacquerware technique developed around 1200 years ago. Maki-e (literally: sprinkled picture) is Japanese lacquer sprinkled with gold or silver powder onto a thick layer of lacquer as a decoration, a complicated and highly refined and time-consuming application.
This Japanese Lacquer collection is a result of the von Buren trips to Japan and its various antique fairs, where this entire lot was collected, that ranges from 70 to over 250 years.
Size : 20 x 21.5 x 41 cms.
Weight : 2.5 Kgs.