Mr. Yoshiyuki Hosomi, Tokyo, to 1992
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Mr. Yoshiyuki Hosomi in 1992
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Inkstone box (suzuribako) consisting of: inkstone box (a-b), interior partition assembly (c), inkstone (d), water-dropper (e), and water-dropper holder (f). It is housed in a black lacquer outer box with a stained silk wrapper.
This suzuribako is a fine example of maki-e lacquer from the late Muromachi period. The design on the exterior of the lid is executed in gold and silver in low relief (takamaki-e). It depicts camellias behind a garden fence, with metal-sheathed wooden hoes in the foreground. The interior of the box is decorated in gold maki-e with a scene of a flowering plum tree growing beside a pond. A pair of frogs, an unusual motif in Japanese maki-e works, is depicted in the pond. The interior of the box is decorated with flowering plum branches and the silver water-dropper (suiteki) is cast in the form of a plum blossom.
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