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Writing box

Writing box

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood covered in gold and silver lacquer

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. Cynthia Lewis in memory of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Mere

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery, case 14 []

Physical description

A square writing box (suzuribako) of wood covered in gold and silver hiramaki-e and takamaki-e lacquer and gold and silver foil mosaic, with a design of a mountain stream, rocks, peonies and mountain roses. The thin curved edges are decorated with stylised floral scrolls and chrysanthemum flower heads in gold hiramaki-e lacqueron a silver lacquer ground. The inside of the lid depicts an autumn scene of rice sheaves hanging out to dry on poles, maple trees, geese and autumn plants at the rocky water's edge of a stream in gold hiramaki-e and takamaki-e lacquer on a nashi-ji (pear-skin ground) lacquer ground.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1700-1800 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wood covered in gold and silver lacquer


Depth: 49 mm, :, Height: 234 mm box, Width: 215 mm box, Height: 242 mm lid, Width: 223 mm lid, Depth: 49 mm

Descriptive line

Writing box, wood lacquered in gold and silver lacquer with gold and silver foil, with a design of peonies and yamabuki (kerria japonica) by a rocky stream, 18th century, Japan.





Subjects depicted

Geese; Peonies; Streams; Rocks; Rice


Lacquerware; Containers


East Asia Collection

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