The box’s beautiful simplicity
of design (its clean lines and precise geometric forms) disguise
technical brilliance in decoration and execution. For example the
fans on the right hand side are bisected by the edges of the boxes,
but notice how they continue almost seamlessly. Look too at how
the fans differ in design, colour and decoration, as though the
maker is showing off his expertise over a range of lacquer techniques.
The bottom right fan with its gold coloured ground is like a miniature
landscape painting, with its depiction of the sea, crags, trees
and a man in a boat, plus the smallest hint of mountains in the
distance. Some of the others exhibit animals and nature such as
trees, birds and tortoises. However, one of the most striking fans
is also the most simple: this being the central right fan with a
grey/black gradation of colour from top to bottom and sprinkled
gold foil resembling a starry sky.