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Object description

  • Japanese artist
  • Lectern, 1580-1620
  • Wood, lacquer
  • Japan
  • H: 35.00 cm, W: 31.00 cm (H: 13.8 in, W: 12.2 in)
  • Museum purchase, 1989
  • E76703




Namban lectern decorated in aogai and gold hira maki-e, mother of pearl and "picture nashiji" on a black lacquer base. There is a central sunburst halo containing the monogram of the society of Jesus, "IHS," surmounted by a cross and surrounded by floral patterns.

Exhibition History

  • Spiritual beliefs and Earthly Goods: Jesuits and the Exchange between Portugal and Japan in the Age of Exploration, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.; February 16, 2013 through June 02, 2013
  • Worlds Revealed: The Dawn of Japanese and American Exchange, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 17, 2000 through March 18, 2001