H. 2 in. (5.1 cm); W. 9 in. (22.9 cm); D. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Not on view
Beautifully bound works of literature decorate the top of this box. The two closed books bearing titles are the poetry anthology Zoku gosenshū and "The Autumn Excursion", Chapter 7 of the Tale of Genji; the partially open book quotes from a poetry contest. The illustration in the fully open book shows a scene from "Channel Buoys", chapter 14 of The Tale of Genji.
Signature: Koami Inaba tsukuru (made by Koami Inaba)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Blossoms of Many Colors: A Selection from the Permanent Collection of Japanese Art," March 21, 2000–August 9, 2000.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Beautiful Country: Yamato-e in Japanese Art," November 20, 2010–June 5, 2011.
Artist: Tōyō (Japanese, active second half of the 18th century)Date: second half of the 18th centuryMedium: Three cases; lacquered wood with gold and silver hiramaki-e, togidashimaki-e, and gold foil cutouts on black lacquer ground Netsuke: box with flowers; lacquered wood with hiramaki-e Ojime: coral beadAccession: 13.67.64On view in:Gallery 223