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A Square Wooden Oi Box, with tsubaki engraving and lightning pattern

 
Designation Prefecturally-Designated
Classification Arts and Crafts
Designated Date August 17, 1979
Amount 1
Address Aza-Koromonoseki,Hiraizumi
Holder Jizo-in
Retainer  
Administrator  
HomePage Hiraizumi's Cultural Heritage

Summary
(Oi means a square wooden box with four legs carried as a backpack by mountain ascetic priests )

Total Height : 74.8cm
The body part, height 64.6cm
Width (upper front) 61.7cm
  (bottom front) 66.9cm
Depth (upper part) 57.6cm

This box case with four legs is rectangular shape, with cypress wood, and decorated with wood carving and lacquer. The interior is divided into upper, middle and lower compartments, with double doors that open in one direction only.
All around edge is black lacquer. The front panel is divided into three part as if they are 3 pictures, and painted a camellia japonica on each panels with wave-washed beach behind the scene.
It is evenly colored with Chinese vermilion all over the surface, and gold-foiled in main prats.
The both carving and coloring techniques are quite simple, but it gives full and rich atmosphere in some ways.
It is a work of Muromachi period, and very rare to have such sguare box shape.