Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Small cabinet (kodansu) with three drawers
19th century
Japan
Wood, repoussé silver, inlay of ivory roundels encrusted with semiprecious stones in Shibayama style, gold lacquer
Gift of Josef Dollinger, London, in loving memory of his dear wife Stella
Accession number: B99.0892
 
 
Named after the late-18th-century craftsman who first used this technique, Shibayama is a decorative technique in which tiny pieces of coral, ivory, shell, jade, metal, or hardstone are embedded in lacquer or ivory to create a three-dimensional effect.


Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir