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Letter Box (Fubako) with Design of the Shore at Suma

Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Gold maki-e on black lacquer
Dimensions:
H. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm); W. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm); D. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of David Murray, 1905
Accession Number:
05.14.2a, b
Not on view
The motifs on this box allude to Suma and its associated romances of the exiles Yukihira, from Tales of Ise, and Genji, from theTale of Genji. It was presented by the Imperial University of Tokyo to the donor, an adviser to the Japanese minister of the Department of Education from 1873 to 1879.
David Murray , Australia (until 1905; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Resonant Image: Tradition in Japanese Art (Part One)," 1997–98.

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