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A "Sawasa" tobacco box

Lacquered bronze and gilt-bronze
Japan
End of 17th - beginning of 18th century
Edo
Diameter : 8,5 cm
French private Collection

 The oval-shaped box with round body, the lid fastened by a hinge. The tobacco box entirely decorated with black lacquered cartouches of foliage, the patterns standing out against a delicately pitted gold background.

Sawasa. Japanese export art in black and gold 1650-1800. Rijkmuseum, Amsterdam, p. 55-61.