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Lacquered wood and silver with gold, silver, and color sprinkled powder (maki-e)
5.4 x 23.1 x 25.3 cm (2 1/8 x 9 1/8 x 9 15/16 in.)
Lillian M. Kern Memorial Fund 2020.67
The moody, glamorous look of the box is an excellent example of reconsidering classical seasonal motifs.
Japanese writing boxes are designed to hold all the tools for traditional calligraphy, including an inkstone, water dropper, ink cake, and brushes. This box retains its inkstone and water dropper, the latter of which has a design of the sun behind clouds—a contrast to the hydrangea flower in moonlight motif on the box’s lid.
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