DU 1979.8; Denison University
Gift from Robert Leake
Because of its large size, this type of lacquer
box was used to store cosmetics or even clothing. It is painted with red lacquer
on the inside, and the outside is decorated with moulded lacquer bands of
chu pan and la cheik designs. Chu pan is a coil-like foliage pattern which
is often used in lacquer, wood carving, and metal designs. The la cheik pattern
is composed of two or more elements which are twisted together to form an
undulating line. Rev.
Leake was a Baptist minister in Columbus, OH.