Document box, anonymous, 1900 - c. 1920
Although the motif of autumn grasses on this box is traditional, the style is very different from lacquerware produced before 1900. Instead of a stylized composition, the box bears what is almost a painting in lacquer, with tall cedars creating depth. The decoration has been executed in minute detail, using highly developed lacquer techniques. This extreme refinement is characteristic of lacquerware from the early 20th century.