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Circular tray
(Marubon 丸盆)
(15th century)

lacquer on wood (Negoro lacquer)
3.3 × 32.8 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Mr S. Baillieu Myer, Founder Benefactor, 1989
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Gordon Darling Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Negoro derives its name from the Buddhist temple of the Negoro-ji, where simple red and black lacquer ware was produced for daily and ceremonial purposes. Use of these objects over long periods of time has contributed to their unique appearance where the black undercoat is visible where the red has worn away. Such beauty wrought by age exemplifies the aesthetic of wabi-sabi – a love for old and faded things that stems from the concept that the respectful use of an object can only enhance its beauty.