Sūtra box with design of phoenix


Sūtra box with design of phoenix

Craft work / Nara

Yuan dynasty, China, 14th century

Wood, lacquered and inlaid with gold

L 20.2, W 39.3, H 25.3



The Sōkin method of decoration involves the steps of first engraving designs with a needle in a lacquered surface, then filling the carved lines with soft lacquer into which gold foil is inlaid. This method is also called by the name Chinkin.
This sutra case is oblong and of the aikuchi type. The edges of the lid are planed off. The top of the lid is decorated with the design of phoenixes

Masterpieces of Nara National Museum. Nara National Museum, 1993, p.112, no.87.

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