Box with lid, Fujita Kyohei

Box with lid, Fujita Kyohei

Box with lid 'Kohakubai - Red & White Plum Blossoms'
Fujita Kyohei (b.1921)
Japan
1988
Purple glass with silver & gold leaf with splashes of red & white glass
Museum no. FE.6A-1989
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Plum blossoms are the earliest blossom to flower, often appearing before the winter snows have melted. Plum blossoms signify age and youth, as the delicate petals appear on the most gnarled and elderly of trees.