A SUZURIBAKO [WRITING BOX]
EDO PERIOD, 18TH CENTURY
SIGNED RITSUO SEALED KAN
the rectangular keyaki wood box with overhanging cover and rounded rim decorated in gold, silver and black hiramaki-e, takamaki-e and inlaid in coloured ceramic with an owl perched in branches of magnolia, the rim lacquered with scrolling foliage, the interior of the cover with a mask of an old man and storage box, fitted with copper gilt water dropper and slate with fundame rims
27 cm. 10 2/3 in.
Stephen Little and Edmund J. Lewis, View of the Pinnacle, Japanese Lacquer writing boxes (Hawaii, 2011) no.47 pp.116-117