Object of the Month
In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection.
Happy New Year and welcome to Chiddingstone Castle’s Year of Japan! To start our 2020 Object of the Month series, we have chosen the amazing Chiddingstone Casket. Discovered in an antiques shop by Denys Eyre Bower, it is a rare 17th-century Japanese lacquer casket decorated in the finest and most expensive techniques and materials.
This beautifully made lacquer box for storing calligraphy brushes and tools has a design of a winter scene with old huts in a bamboo forest, surrounded by autumn and winter plants.
This tiny enamel portrait is of Lucy Walter, the first mistress of King Charles II. She was the mother of the famous Duke of Monmouth. The bright enamel colours of this miniature are beautifully preserved.
This skilfully made suit of samurai armour stands guard in our Japanese Room. It was originally made for the warlord Okochi Masatada, head of the Okochi samurai family.
This month’s object has just returned from being on loan at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. It is a rare and beautiful shabti figure of ‘The Lady of the House’ Ta-mit, whose name translates as ‘Lady Cat’
The Object of the Month for August was chosen and written by our work experience student, Molly Hockham.
Find this object of the month in our front entrance in the North Hall – an impressive portrait of King Charles I with his wife Henrietta Maria.
This month’s object is a large shrine with an image of the Hindu deity Vishu in the centre. Read more here about the life of this object, discovered through Denys Eyre Bower’s handwritten label.
The Object of the Month for Easter and May is this rare emu’s egg, decorated with gold and silver lacquer by a Japanese craftsman.
CASTLE, COLLECTIONS & TEA ROOM
The 2020 Open Season runs from
Sunday 29th March to
Wednesday 28th October
We are open Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed and Bank Holidays, excluding Good Friday
11am - 5pm, with last entry and orders at 4.15pm
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