Writing Box (Suzuri-bako) with Episodes from The Ise Stories (Ise monogatari)
Nakayama Komin (Japanese, 1808–1870)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Gold maki-e with inlaid silver on lacquer
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm); W. 7 in. (17.8 cm); D. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Not on view
Inside the lid of this box, a portable Buddhist monk's shrine set amid maple leaves and ivy and, inside on the bottom, designs of waves and waterfowl refer to the "Ivy Lane" and "Sumidagawa" episodes from Chapter 9 of Tales of Ise.