Chest of drawers

DATE:
c. 1600
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Wood, lacquer, mother-of-pearl, shell, copper, gold
CLASSIFICATION:
Furnishings
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 12 1/4 x 17 1/2 x 12 1/4 in. (31.11 x 44.45 x 31.1 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, The John R. Young Collection, gift of M. Frances and John R. Young
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
1995.27.A-J.FA

General Description

Trade between Japan and Europe began with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1542. Following the landing of these foreigners, or "Namban," the Japanese began making lacquer specifically for the Western market. Called "Namban" lacquers, these pieces are usually European forms covered with dark lacquer, mother-of-pearl inlay, and gilt decoration. Small, portable desks like this example were especially popular in the West and were imported by Portuguese, British, and Dutch traders until the 1680s when trade between Japan and Europe was disrupted.