School of Giovanni Niccolo (Italian, 1560–1626), Portable Shrine with Madonna and Child, Japan, Momoyama period (1573–1615), circa 1597, black lacquer with sprinkled gold lacquer and inlaid mother-of-pearl. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously. Photo: Walter Silver © 2014 Peabody Essex Museum

School of Giovanni Niccolo (Italian, 1560–1626), Portable Shrine with Madonna and Child, Japan, Momoyama period (1573–1615), circa 1597, black lacquer with sprinkled gold lacquer and inlaid mother-of-pearl. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously. Photo: Walter Silver © 2014 Peabody Essex Museum

School of Giovanni Niccolo (Italian, 1560–1626), Portable Shrine with Madonna and Child, Japan, Momoyama period (1573–1615), circa 1597, black lacquer with sprinkled gold lacquer and inlaid mother-of-pearl. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously. Photo: Walter Silver © 2014 Peabody Essex Museum

School of Giovanni Niccolo (Italian, 1560–1626), Portable Shrine with Madonna and Child, Japan, Momoyama period (1573–1615), circa 1597, black lacquer with sprinkled gold lacquer and inlaid mother-of-pearl. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously. Photo: Walter Silver © 2014 Peabody Essex Museum

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