富士飛雁蒔絵硯箱 Box for Inkstone and Writing Implements (Suzuribako) with Geese against Mount Fuji in Moonlight and (inner lid) with Plovers by the Seashore
Edo period (1615–1868)
early to mid-19th century
Black lacquer ground with gold and silver maki-e
H. 9 9/16 in. (24.3 cm); W. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm); D. 1 13/16 in. (4.6 cm)
Bequest of Stephen Whitney Phoenix, 1881
Not on view
Japan's most famous scenic view is rendered here in finely sprinkled gold and silver of varied grades. Seen beneath a full moon, the distant bird's-eye perspective encompasses Mount Fuji rising above clouds beyond a vast landscape. A formation of geese confirms the autumnal note of the moon; the pine-studded sandbar in the foreground waters evokes Miho no Matsubara, a nearby scenic place often associated with views of Fuji.
Stephen Whitney Phoenix , New York (until d. 1881; bequethed to MMA)
Paris. Centre Culturel du Marais. "Hokusai et son Temps," October 3, 1980–January 3, 1981.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sense of Place: Landscape in Japanese Art," May 8, 2002–September 8, 2002.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Birds in the Art of Japan," February 2, 2013–July 28, 2013.