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Writing Box
19th Century

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Writing Box
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1800
Creation End Date: 1899
Creation Date: 19th Century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: accessories
Materials and Techniques: lacquer
Dimensions: 8-7/8 x 9-3/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 75.90.1a-f
Credit Line: Gift of an Anonymous St. Paul Friend

Suzuribako, beautifully ornamented lacquer boxes with compartments for an ink stone, ink stick, water dropper, and brushes, became popular during the Muromachi period (1392-1573). By the Edo period, lacquer artists adroitly combined a variety of materials to produce sumptuous objects of great visual appeal. For this box, the waves and sea spray were rendered in silver, which has oxidized to a pewter-gray color. The moon, too, is a silver disk, and would have flashed brilliantly against the dark background sprinkled lightly with gold flakes.

AMICA ID: MIA_.75.90.1a-f
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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