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A lidded food container, usually layered and lacquered with decorations of sunken gold *chinkin ’¾‹à, carved lacquer *choushitsu ’¤Ž½, mother-of-pearl inlay *raden —†çí, or metal leaf decoration, haku-e ”“ŠG, or sometimes of plain black lacquer, woven bamboo, or pottery. Round, quadrilateral hexagonal, octagonal and circular flower shapes are common. Made in Yuan and Ming period China and in the Ryuukyuu —®‹… (now Okinawa prefecture), jikirou have been imported to Japan since the Kamakura period. See *karamono “‚•¨. They were later used as sweets containers at tea ceremonies. A common type is the juubako d”  (tiered food box) usually covered with *makie ŽªŠG and consisting of two, three, five or more tiers to store cooked rice, stewed dished, fish, or raw vegetables separately. In the Edo period juubako were common at picnics, and used with sagejuu ’ñd (a picnic box holding various food and beverage containers in a light and compact form). The upper classes had highly decorated lacquer boxes while the lower classes had plain wood or unadorned lacquered grounds.
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