Nov 2, 2016
Nov 2, 2016

Writing Box (Suzuribako) with Phoenix in Paulownia (inkstone and water dropper)

Writing Box (Suzuribako) with Phoenix in Paulownia (inkstone and water dropper)

c. 1573–1599

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Lacquer on wood with sprinkled gold and silver powder (maki-e) and gold and silver foil application

4 x 20.5 x 23.5 cm (1 9/16 x 8 1/16 x 9 1/4 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2016.34.c


Did you know?

The only place the mythical phoenix will perch is the paulownia tree.


This box––a container for an inkstone, brushes, and ink––is both functional and lavish, its dramatic effects achieved with a pear-skin ground decoration (nashiji), and sprinkled powder decoration in high relief (takamaki-e). In contrast to the bright, celebratory motifs on the exterior, the interior of the box invites a more reflective mood with its autumn moonlit sky over chrysanthemums.

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