A gold lacquer suzuribako

Meiji period late 19th century, Japan

27.5cm long

10.83 inches long

Decorated in gold and silver hiramaki-e, takamaki-e, shishiai-takamaki-e, togitashi-e and kirikaneon a hirame and mura-nashiji ground. The scene depicts the Waka-no-ura with thatched huts near the sea amongst pine trees and beheath golden clouds. The interior of the lid with a similar landscape with two boats and cranes in flight, the interior with removable fitted tray depicting Tamatsu island, the slate inkstonewith nashigi rim, silver waterdropper in the form of a boat with thatched roof; additionally fitted with two brushes, knife and paper pricker decorated with scrolling foliage.

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