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Cabinet 1640-90

Wood, black and gold lacquer, gilt bronze | 96.5 x 99.5 x 52.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 35273

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Seasonal references appear frequently on Japanese export lacquer, but were probably unfamiliar to early European collectors. On this cabinet, geese land after their celebrated migration southwards, signalling the start of harvest or kanraigetsu (‘the month of the geese’s return’).