This was formerly a mirror stand which was converted into a hand cabinet.
Gold lacquer is decorated with scenes from a 10th-century story of the Heian period. Designs represent a nobleman’s cart, palace and garden in raised gold, and clouds in silver. The handle of the box is inlaid with silver Kidami and has a gold floral design.
This was probably used during Monoyama and early Edo periods.
This has been assessed as the most beautiful piece of Japanese lacquer in the collection.
Sir Ratan Tata Collection
Lacquer with applied decoration