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Date: 19th Century
Medium: Carved ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 3/4 × 2 × 2 1/8in. (4.4 × 5.1 × 5.4cm)
Credit Line: Proctor Collection
Object number: PC. 742.5
Label Text
Chrysanthemums represent various concepts in traditional Japanese symbology, including majesty, perfection and long life; it is still the Imperial symbol. The sixteen layered chrysanthemum came to symbolize the Japanese Imperial Family after Emperor Gotoba (1180-1239 CE) of the late Heian period chose the chrysanthemum as his personal emblem, applying the flower design to his sword and everyday utensils. This example is a very intricately carved box made of ivory. The cover and sides are deeply carved in a chrysanthemum pattern extending from the center of the top all the way down to the lower edge. The pattern matches perfectly at the seam.