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PROPERTY FROM THE DRS. EDMUND J. AND JULIE LEWIS COLLECTION

A SUZURIBAKO [WRITING BOX] MEIJI PERIOD, LATE 19TH-EARLY 20TH CENTURY
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PROPERTY FROM THE DRS. EDMUND J. AND JULIE LEWIS COLLECTION

A SUZURIBAKO [WRITING BOX] MEIJI PERIOD, LATE 19TH-EARLY 20TH CENTURY
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A SUZURIBAKO [WRITING BOX] MEIJI PERIOD, LATE 19TH-EARLY 20TH CENTURY
the rectangular box with over-hanging cover decorated in gold, silver and black hiramaki-e and takamaki-e and silver and mother-of-pearl inlays with crows and herons above pines and other foliage in moonlight and inlaid with the characters koe [call] and yofukaki [the night is still deep], with fitted storage box
12.2 cm, 4 4/5  in.
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Literature

Stephen Little and Edmund J. Lewis View of the Pinnacle, Japanese Lacquer writing boxes (Hawaii, 2011), no.66 pp.166-167

Catalogue Note

The suzuribako’s storage box is signed Urushi-sho Hyōkan [the Lacquer worker Hyōkan], with a seal reading Urushi-sho Okada Hyōkan [the lacquer worker Okada Hyōkan); and Maki-e-shi Mitsutaka [the lacquer master Mitsutaka], with a seal reading Mitsutaka.

Inside the fitted box cover is a waka poem by Shokoin-no-miya Doko Hosshinnoh (1612 – 1678):

Asagarasu 

koe suru mori no 

kozue shimo 

tsuki wa yofukaki 

ariake no kage 

Even at daybreak 

when the squawks of crows are heard 

from the branches of the wood 

the moon casts its pale shadows 

as if it were still night. 

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