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Cabinet Cabinet

Red lacquer cabinet, by Thomas S. Tait, London, c. 1929

Pillar clock Pillar clock

Pillar clock, or shaku-dokei, with time pointer adjustable transversely to register with one of a number of hair scales corresponding to the month marked on a lacquered plate: Japan, before 1872

Artificial horizon, roof, mercury Artificial horizon, roof, mercury

Artificial horizon, mercury roof horizon, rectangular black-lacquered cast iron trough with pouring hole and brass-framed roof-shaped cover, iron bottle and iron funnel, in fitted wooden carrying box, signed and made by Troughton and Simms of London, c. 1860

Box Box

Box, to contain wedding gifts, one of a set of two boxes, gilded and lacquered wood: Indonesia, Sumatra, South Sumatra Province, Palembang, late 19th century

Box lid Box lid

Box lid, for a wedding box containing gifts for the couple, circular, gilded and lacquered wood: Indonesia, Sumatra, South Sumatra Province, Palembang, late 19th century

Necklet Necklet

Necklet of lacquered rattan, with pivoting front piece of 24 carat gold, fine silver and coloured lacquer: Japan, by Nakayama Aya, 1991

Decanter Decanter

Decanter (etunup) and lid, black-lacquered wood, cylindrical form with projecting spout and arched handle, circular lid hinged across centre, decorated in gold with maple branches in gold, interior coated with red lacquer, used by Ainu people in ceremonies: Japan, Kyoto, 17th century

Container Container

Lidded container (shintoko), ridged cylinder of black lacquered wood with bands of foliate decoration in gold, four projecting feet and circular lid both with metal fittings, used by the Ainu in ceremonies: Japan, possibly Kyoto, late 17th to early 18th century

Cup Cup

Cup with gently flared sides and low footring, wood decorated with black lacquer and foliate designs in gold, interior decorated with red lacquer, cup and stand sets (tuki) of Japanese lacquer were used by the Ainu in ceremonies: Japan, 19th century, collected in Hokkaido, Ainu

Cup stand Cup stand

Cup stand or saucer, wood decorated with black lacquer and foliate designs in gold, petal-shaped saucer on flared foot supporting bowl-shaped stand for separate cup, cup and stand sets (tuki) of Japanese lacquer were used by the Ainu in ceremonies: Japan, 19th century, collected in Hokkaido, Ainu

Prayer stick Prayer stick

Prayer stick (ikupasuy), wooden stick with pointed end, abstract designs carved in low relief and coated in red and black lacquer, probably carved by an Ainu craftsman then lacquered by a Japanese artisan, used in Ainu ceremonies: Japan, Hokkaido, Ainu, 19th century

Visor Visor

Visor (mempo) from a suit of armour: Japan, 1750-1850

Horse armour Horse armour

Horse armour (uma yoroi), in two pieces for neck and hind-quarters, of blue cotton covered with small square plates of gold-lacquered papier-mache: Japan, 19th century

Stirrup Stirrup

Stirrups, pair, lacquered iron with gold chrysanthemums on an aventurine ground, and the crest of the Ogasawara family, daimyo of Karatsu domain: Japan, mid 19th century

Helmet Helmet

Helmet (kabuto) of black lacquered metal and papier-mache, with demon-mask crest (maedate) of gilt metal and two silk cords: Japan, early 19th century

Visor Visor

Visor (mempo) from a suit of armour, of black lacquered metal and papier-mache: Japan, early 19th century

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