Andrew J. Pekarik, Japanese Lacquer, 1600-1900, Selections from the Charles A. Greenfield Collection, exh. cat. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1980), fig. 33.
The image of maple leaves floating on a stream is drawn from classical Japanese poetry. From as early as the Heian period, maple leaves were closely linked with the Tatsuta River near Nara, the ancient capital.