The missal stand (shokendai) closes in ‘scissor’ and is carved in Japanese pine finished with black lacquer (urushi), red lacquer with gold dust (maki-é) and mother-of-pearl inlay (raden). This valuable piece is part of a group known as ‘Jesuit lacquers’ and represents the cultural encounter between the two geographically distant countries. The piece displays the Jesuit symbol – IHS – which is accompanied by a heart with the three nails of the crucifixion, ablaze with flames. A cross arises with added typical floral elements, ferns and ‘boninas’ from the Momoyama period, surrounded by wedges in mother-of-pearl and flames of gold placed alternately in a radial pattern. The back of the stand is decorated with scrolls of the Japanese bean plant – Kuzu – and bells, while a border of geometric patterns frames both sides. Only one of the ormolu applications for protecting the feet remains.