Writing Box with Design of Plum Blossoms and Moon
Edo period (1615–1868)
Reddish-brown lacquer with gold hiramaki-e, lead, and mother-of-pearl inlay
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); W. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); L. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Both Chinese and Japanese poetry contain allusions to the delicate beauty of plum blossoms in the moonlight and their subtle fragrance. This literary allusion underlies the imagery on this box and is particularly appropriate to its function as a container for an ink stone and brushes.
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