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Akatsuka Jitoku (1871-1936)

Imperial presentation box and cover   c.1900-7

Black and gold lacquer, and mother of pearl on wood | 13.1 x 21.4 x 26.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 29465

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The large gold chrysanthemum crest (kikumon) on this box indicates that it was an imperial gift. Rounded corners and an exuberant design spilling over the sides are typical of high-quality pieces commissioned by the Japanese imperial family as gifts for important officials and foreign royalty.