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Namban Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Lacquer Coffer made for the Portuguese Market

This coffer, made in Japan towards the end of the sixteenth century specifically for the Portuguese market, is a fine example of Namban lacquerware. Often such coffers were used in monasteries to house relics associated with Saints.

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Date: 1580-1620
Location: Japan
Continent: Asia
Keywords: saints, trade, luxury, inlaid, pearl