龍田川蒔絵硯箱 Writing Box with Portrait of Fujiwara no Ietaka and His Poem about the Tatsuta River
Edo period (1615–1868)
Lacquered wood with gold and silver hiramaki-e, togidashimaki-e, and red lacquer on silver ground
H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); W. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm); L. 2 in. (5.1 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Not on view
The poem on the outside of the lid is rendered in fine hiramaki-e, imitating calligraphy in ink. The inside of the box is embellished with colorful maple leaves in a river on nashiji ground. The poem, by Fujiwara no Ietaka (1158–1237), is about the Tatsuta River in Nara Prefecture:
Tatsuta gawa momiji o tozuru usugō ri wataraba kore mo naka ya taenan
On Tatsuta River a layer of red maple leaves is trapped within thin ice, and if we were to go across the brocade would be torn.
—Trans. John T. Carpenter
Mrs. H. O. (Louisine W.) Havemeyer , New York (until d. 1929; bequeathed to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Resonant Image: Tradition in Japanese Art (Part One)," 1997–98.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Japan," 1998.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Great Waves: Chinese Themes in the Arts of Korea and Japan II," March 22, 2003–September 21, 2003.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Flowing Streams: Scenes from Japanese Arts and Life," December 21, 2006–June 3, 2007.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "No Ordinary Mortals: The Human Figure in Japanese Art," 2007–2008.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ukiyo-e Artists' Responses to Romantic Legends of Two Brothers: Narihira and Yukihira," March 27, 2008–June 8, 2008.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Poetry and Travel in Japanese Art," December 18, 2008–May 31, 2009.
Artist: Date: first half of the 17th century Accession Number: 2015.300.293 Date: first half of the 17th centuryMedium: Lacquered wood with gold, silver hiramaki-eAccession: 2015.300.293On view in:Not on view
Artist: Maruyama Ōkyo (Japanese, 1733–1795) Date: right screen: 1774; left screen: 1793Medium: Pair of six-panel folding screens; ink, color and gold on paperAccession: 2015.300.197.1, .2On view in:Gallery 226