Sage Jubako' or a Japanese picnic set which may have been used by Daimyos in Japan. Picnics in the countryside became a popular activity many centuries ago, to view the cherry blossom in Spring or the changing of the colours of the maples in Autumn.
This set has four compartments, two large sake bottles, a fruit tray and a compartment for sake cups. Gold lacquer on Nashi-ji ground depicts scenes in raised gold, a group of ladies enjoying & dancing, trees, clouds etc. on the sides of the box and the tray, and on the top is the dragon-goddess riding on the waves.
The style and workmanship indicate that it is the work of a master artist.
Sir DJ Tata Collection
Lacquered wood with gold, silver
19th century CE