Jun 22, 2017
Jun 22, 2017

Lid of Writing Box (Suzuribako) with Chrysanthemum and Plum

Lid of Writing Box (Suzuribako) with Chrysanthemum and Plum

late 1800s-early 1900s

Part of a set. See all set records

Lacquer over wood with gold and silver sprinkled powder (maki-e)

Bequest of Maud Eells Corning 1992.389.b



Both functional and elegant, this is a container for an ink stone, brushes, and ink from a set of writing tools that included a larger box for paper. Against a sleek gold lacquered ground, its artist has used restraint in sprinkled powder decoration (maki-e) to produce the design of cockscomb and harvested rice on the interior of the lid.

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