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AN INLAID LACQUER WRITING BOX (SUZURIBAKO)

MEIJI PERIOD (LATE 19TH CENTURY)

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AN INLAID LACQUER WRITING BOX (SUZURIBAKO)
meiji period (late 19th century)
Of rectangular shape inlaid on the cover in horn with an ox resting on the shore of a river by stands of grasses, the nose ring and lead of the ox of twisted metal and many of the leaves of the grass also silver or gilt-metal inlays, other parts of the grass, shore and river rendered in hiramaki-e and takamaki-e with nashiji and okibirame details, the sky roiro-nuri applied with hirame which is repeated on the sides of the box; the underside of the cover designed with the scene of a scholar crossing a bridge to high, craggy rocks leading to a distant pavilion, all in hiramaki-e and takamaki-e, the rocks almost exclusively okibirame and a crashing waterfall on the left silver lacquer, the background nashiji which is continued to the lower section of the box; fitted with a removable untensil tray containing an inkstone and small silver mizuire cast as a peach, base of the box nashiji
5 7/8 x 5¼ x 1 3/8in. (15 x 13.2 x 3.5cm.)
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