Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Writing box

Writing box

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lacquered wood

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Writing box (suzuri-bako) with incurved corners of black lacquer decorated with gold and silver lacquer. On the outside of the cover are cherry, maple and pine tree on rocks with water. On the inside cherry blossoms floating down a stream the banks of which strengthened by baskets (jakago). The interior is filled with two shaped oblong trays decorated like the inside of the cover, and a board holding an inkstone and white metal water bottle in the form of a cherry blossom.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


ca. 1650-1750 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Lacquered wood


Height: 4.1 cm, Width: 19.7 cm, Depth: 22.2 cm

Descriptive line

Writing-box , wood covered in black lacquer with gold takamaki-e lacquer, gold and silver foil, a design of maple and cherry trees by a stream, Japan, about 1650-1750





Subjects depicted

Cherry blossom


Lacquerware; Containers


East Asia Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.