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Writing box

Writing box

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lacquered wood

  • Museum number:

    W.48-1922

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage


Physical description

A rectangular writing box with rounded corners and slightly domed lid, made of wood covered in black lacquer with gold (low sprinkled picture) lacquer and silver foil. It is decorated on the exterior with ferns and, on the interior of the lid, with plovers (chidori) flying over swirling waves in which the moon, inlaid with pewter, is reflected. The interior with a fitted tray containing an inkstone and water-dropper in pewter; pewter rims.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

ca. 1600-1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Lacquered wood

Dimensions

Height: 6.7 cm, Length: 21.1 cm, Depth: 16.5 cm

Descriptive line

Writing box, wood covered in black lacquer with gold lacquer and silver leaf, with a design of ferns, Japan about 1600-1700.

Labels and date

Writing box
Wood covered in black lacquer and gold powder partly inlaid with silver, with gold hiramaki-e lacquer
Ferns
About 1600-1700 []

Materials

Wood

Techniques

Lacquering

Subjects depicted

Fern

Categories

Lacquerware; Containers

Collection

East Asia Collection

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