Bag, British, c1880

Leather, steel, and brass

In 1854 Japan opened up to international trade after two centuries of self-imposed isolation. Japanese ceramics, textiles and art influenced many European artists, writers and designers, and contributed to the Aesthetic movement in Britain. The embossed motif of birds resting on a conifer branch reflects this influence. The floral and bamboo border on the bag’s front contrasts with the border of ivy trailing over a brick wall on its reverse.
Accession Number: SHM.2010.L.90

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