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A Japanese Roiro and Gold Lacqured Box - Taisho Period
A roiro and gold lacquer cylindrical box with a young flutist resting upon the flanks of a great silvery ox. This imagery, taken from Buddhist lore, symbolizes enlightenment, the sounds of pure music capturing life’s meaning. The artist’s technique and originality, using gold and silver lacquers for this glistening box, highlight the scene from the rear, an unusual angle. Height, 5"; diameter, 7.5". Taisho Period.