A four-tiered lacquer picnic box, possibly 17th Century.

The exterior of the box is decorated with sparrows in flight and a wonderfully solemn owl perched on a branch above a sheaf of wheat; each box has a black lacquer interior. Japanese picnic boxes traditionally have four sections, one each for rice, fish, vegetables and pickles, height 28cm, diameter 14.5cm.

REFERENCE: JWA09049

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