Box for Writing Implements with Scenes from the Tale of Genji

Box for Writing Implements with Scenes from the Tale of Genji

Item number: T-4296
Size: H 1.8" x W 8.4" x L 9.3" (4.6 x 21.4 x 23.5 cm)
Era: Edo period (1615-1868)

Late 17th century

A rectangular suzuribako (box for writing implements) with kabusebuta (overhanging lid) and chirii (beveled edges to the lid), the principal surfaces all finished in rich gold nashiji and decorated in gold and black hiramaki-e and takamaki-e with embellishments of gold and silver kirigane and some silver nashiji amongst the gold, the exterior of the lid with a scene from Chapter 51 of Genji monogatari (The Tale of Genji), the sides of the box and lid with clouds and waves, the interior of the lid with a Chinese-style landscape of pine-clad rocks, pavilions, and temples by a lake, in the background distant mountains and descending geese, in the foreground two small figures in Chinese dress crossing a bridge, the box containing a tray to the left with a contrasted macroscopic view of rocks, a pine, water, and a mandarin duck, and a suzuri (ink-grinding stone) and silvered-metal circular suiteki to the right, the edges gold lacquer

Inquire about this item