Box for Inkstone and Writing Implements (Suzuribako)


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With its wooden arched bridge, weirs of rocks in bamboo baskets and riverside willow, this landscape suggests the Bridge at Uji south of Kyoto, a place famed as a site of tragic romance in the Tale of Genji. Here, the novel motif of fireflies in black lacquer with highlights of iridescent shell adds a temporal note of summer evening to the scene.

Box for Inkstone and Writing Implements (Suzuribako), Wood, lacquer sprinkled with gold, black lacquer, and shell inlay, Japan

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