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Writing Case, Box and Lid

Asian Art

MEDIUM Lacquered and painted wood
  • Place Made: Japan
  • DATES 19th century
    PERIOD Edo Period
    DIMENSIONS 2 x 11 x 12 in. (5.1 x 27.9 x 30.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Robert B. Woodward
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Writing Case, Box and Lid, 19th century. Lacquered and painted wood, 2 x 11 x 12 in. (5.1 x 27.9 x 30.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Robert B. Woodward, 06.337. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 06.337_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Writing box and lid (suzuribako) with crane and pine bough design. Rectangular in shape with flattened corners; contains 4 empty interior sections for writing implements, surrounding a central rectangular section containing a worn ink stone; also contained inside is a paulownia leaf-shaped water dropper (possibly pewter) set into a raised and outlined area in the center of one of the four sections. Both box and cover are painted with black lacquer and covered with fine gold flecks; the top of the cover shows two silver and gold cranes standing to the right in a group of 8 upright pine bough tips while a third crane hovers overhead. Inside the cover on a gold ground is a suggested landscape, showing a stream and tiny maple leaves, a scholar on horseback followed by two servants carrying a garment and boxes. All are painted in several colors and black.
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