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Small Box in the Shape of a Firefly Cage


Artist Unknown (Japanese)


19th century

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Location On view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, G219
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Medium: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects, Lacquerware | Lacquer with sprinkled gold and silver designs
Size: 2 x 1 7/8 x 2 3/8 in. (5.08 x 4.76 x 6.03 cm)
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Culture: Japanese, Asia, Japan
Style: 19th century, Edo period
Physical Description: Toilet box in shape of casket, cover with metal handle, inside decorated around and on top of a fitted tray with flower sprays. Aventurine and gold. Cover mottled gold and black with crescent moons.
Credit: Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Bequest of Miss Lily Place
Accession Number: 31.50.197a-c
Added to Site: February 28, 2009