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Writing Box (Suzuribako) with Pine, Camellia, and Bamboo

Writing Box (Suzuribako) with Pine, Camellia, and Bamboo

1400s

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Lacquer on wood with decoration in maki-e

Overall: 24.2 x 22.6 cm (9 1/2 x 8 7/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1969.124

Description

Writing boxes were indispensible personal possessions for the literate of medieval Japan. Beyond containing the tools for artistic expression and communication such as an ink stone, writing brushes, and a water dropper, writing boxes often featured scenes from classical literature or symbolic motifs rendered in a wide array of complex lacquer techniques.

See also
Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Lacquer

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