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Box and cover c.1860-69

Wood decorated in gold lacquer, pewter, glass and stone | 5.0 x 23.0 x 25.9 cm (parts .a and .b together) | RCIN 29453

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Far more than mere nature studies, pairings of birds and flowers in Japanese art have specific seasonal and poetic connotations. This combination of pheasants and a flowering peach tree, representing spring, is taken from Chinese painting.