Sep 21, 2020
Sep 21, 2020

Water Dropper for a Writing Box (Suzuribako) with Hydrangea at Night

Water Dropper for a Writing Box (Suzuribako) with Hydrangea at Night



Part of a set. See all set records

Engraved silver and gold

Lillian M. Kern Memorial Fund 2020.67.e


Did you know?

The moody, glamorous look of the box is an excellent example of reconsidering classical seasonal motifs.


The close-up design and stylization of the hydrangea-blossom motif on this writing box are a modern extension of the reconsidering of classical seasonal imagery that was a main feature of Rinpa school aesthetics from the mid-1600s to mid-1800s.

See also
Japanese Art
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email