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LOT 15 - AK0124

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Lot details

Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912)

Finely modelled as a large clam bearing a lustrous maroon ground, decorated to the exterior in gold and black hiramaki-e, depicting the palace of Ryujin among scrolling waves. The clam shell attached with a conch knob to open the container. The interior of red ground with gold fundame rims, decorated to the interior in gold and black hiramaki-e with Urashima Taro clutching a fan and a box in his hands.

LENGTH 40 cm

Condition: Good condition with minor wear. Rubbing to lacquer, few chips and nicks, and some scratches.

According to legend Urashima Taro saved a little minogame (straw-raincoat turtle) from an ill fate, which subsequently turned out to be the daughter of the dragon king. The next day a giant turtle appeared and brought Urashima to the underwater palace of the Dragon God. Urashima stayed there for a few days and received a box and was told not to open it. When he returned, everyone he knew was gone and everything had changed, so in his bewilderment, he opened the box and suddenly turned into an old man. He then heard a whisper from the sea telling him he was told not to open the box, in it was his old age…


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