early to mid-1800s
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Lacquer on wood with decoration in maki-e (gold dust)
Box: 21.6 x 19.8 x 3.2 cm (8 1/2 x 7 13/16 x 1 1/4 in.); Closed: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.); Cover: 20.7 x 20.7 cm (8 1/8 x 8 1/8 in.)
Worcester R. Warner Collection 1963.260
On the cover design of this writing box, a woman spits black tooth stain onto a wall—as if using her mouth to write in calligraphy—and forms the characters on the screen door. Decorated with gold, silver, and lacquer on wood, this container holds an ink stone, brush, and tiny water dropper.
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