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Rocking cradle, Japan, 1701-1850

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The child of a wealthy family probably used this rocking cradle. It is ornately carved in wood and inlaid with hundreds of tortoise and abalone shell mosaic pieces. It has a rounded head and foot piece with a supporting beam stretching between the two that also acts as a carrying handle. A cloth ‘curtain’ may also have been suspended off this to provide some shade. At best, most infants had simple wooden cribs. This child was lucky enough or wealthy enough to have a custom-made model. maker: Unknown maker Place made: Japan

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