Gunpowder flask with figures in Portuguese dressOn display
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Gunpowder flask with figures in Portuguese dress
Datelate 16th - early 17th century (1571 - 1630)
Material and technique
wood, covered in black lacquer, with hiramaki-e and takamaki-e lacquer decoration; copper spout
Dimensions15.7 x 13 x 6.5 cm max. (height x width x depth)
No. of items
Purchased with the assistance of the Friends of the Ashmolean Museum, 1983.
Museum locationSecond floor | Gallery 37 | Japan 1600 - 1850
Glossary of terms
(‘flat sprinkled design’) coloured or metal powders sprinkled onto a wet lacquer ground and usually covered with a protective layer of lacquer
Chinese and Japanese lacquer is made from the sap of the lacquer tree, which is indigenous to Eastern China. It is applied to wood as a varnish or for decorative effect. In India and the Middle East, lacquer is made from the deposit of the lac insect.
(high relief sprinkled design’) makie technique in which parts of the design are built up with lacquer mixed with charcoal or clay dust
Piper, David, and Christopher White, Treasures of the Ashmolean Museum: An Illustrated Souvenir of the Collections, revised edn (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1995), no. 76 on p. 76, illus. p. 76 fig. 76