August 2020

August 2020

Offering Stand, Okinawa

This offering stand from the Okinawa Islands of Japan comes from the Ruyuku Kingdom (1429–1879), which controlled an extensive maritime trade network and played a key role in the cultural and economic exchange between China and Japan at a critical point in the histories of all three civilizations. Among the greatest treasures of the museum’s collection is a gold and red lacquer offering stand, made in the 17th to 18th century for the Ryukyu court and decorated with the crest of the royal family – it is one of only three to survive and is now held in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawaii.