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Box (fubako) and address 1922

Paper, brocade, wood, gold lacquer, silk | 7.5 x 36.0 x 10.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 69623

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Scroll boxes were used in Japan from the sixteenth century to present important letters and addresses. The painstaking decoration reflects the significance of the documents inside. Here, the artist has departed from traditional Japanese motifs by adding Prince of Wales’s feathers to mark a British royal visit. No other scroll box with this design is known to exist.