FROM CARD: "FORMERLY BELONGED TO TOKUGAWA IENARI [1773-1841] THE ELEVENTH TAIKUN [SHOGUN] OF JAPAN WHO PRESENTED IT TO HIS DAUGHTER AS A WEDDING GIFT WHEN SHE WAS BETROTHED TO PRINCE HOSOKAWA, A DUKE OF HIGO. IT IS AN ENCLOSED CABINET OF WOOD, BLACK LACQUERED ON THE OUTSIDE, ELABORATEDLY DECORATED IN GOLD MAKI-E KARAKUSA SCROLL AND THE HOLLYHOCK TOKUGAWA FAMILY CREST DESIGNS AND WITH BRASS FITTINGS ALL AROUND THE EDGES. INSIDE IT IS ELABORATELY FITTED IN LACQUER, BROCADE AND PAINTED PICTURES. IT IS CARRIED BY A SINGLE LONG POLE UNDER THE ROOF. WAS RETURNED FROM THE DIV. OF TRANSPORTATION NOV. 1965. ADDITIONS AND CORRECTIONS BY CSH [Chang-su Houchins], 9-30-85. CAT. NO. CHANGE BY ANONYMOUS MEMBER OF THE STAFF, N. D. CAT. #180,078 IS CORRECT (CF. ACC. PAPER #21,178; ALSO THE CAT. NO. ON THE REVERSE OF THE SPECIMEN PHOTO). - CSH"
Caption for publication: Palanquin, ca. 1773-1841, Japan Wood, brass, silk, lacquer, gold This palanquin, or norimono, was given by Tokugawa Ienari [1773-1841, ruled 1787-1837], the eleventh of the Tokugawa Shoguns of Japan, to his daughter upon her betrothal to a member of the Hosokawa clan. The exterior of the wooden cabinet is coated with black lacquer which has been richly decorated with maki-e (lacquer mixed with gold powder) in karakusa foliage patterns as well as the hollyhock Tokugawa family crest and the "nine planet" Hosokawa family crest. The lavish interior features lacquer work, brocade, and paintings.