A PAIR OF JAPANESE LACQUERED WEDDING BOXES
Edo-period, 18th century
The gilt-bronze mounts decorated with floral motifs, with braces for carrying axles, bearing the mon of the Aoi - Omodaka, ken-katabami .
H. 37 x W. 59 x D. 38.5 cm
This pair of boxes, Maki-e, was used during the wedding ceremony, Hasamibako, containing marriage gifts. They bear the mon of the Aoi – Omodaka, ken-katabami. They have braces for carrying axles, and presumably were used by the groom and his family to carry marriage gifts for the bride.