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誰が袖蒔絵硯箱
Writing Box (Suzuribako) with Screen, Robe Rack, and Shell-Matching Game Set

Period:
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date:
second half of the 19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Lacquered wood with gold, silver takamaki-e, hiramaki-e, togidashimaki-e, red lacquer on black ground
Dimensions:
L. 7 3/16 in. (18.3 cm); W. 6 5/16 in. (16 cm); D. 1 3/16 in. (3 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Bequest of Hope Skillman Schary, 1981
Accession Number:
1982.244.4a–e
Not on view
In this modern rendering of the “Whose Sleeves?” (Tagasode) composition, the screen at the back of the interior is decorated with a landscape executed to mimic ink painting and a kimono, obi, and inrō are draped over a lacquer kimono rack. The kimono is adorned with irises and an eight-fold bridge (Japanese: yatsuhashi), a well-known motif from the Tales of Ise. The pair of lacquer shell-matching game boxes and shells symbolize happy marriage.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Noh Robes," 1993.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Graceful Gestures: Two Decades of Collecting Japanese Art," 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Drama of Eyes and Hands: Sharaku's Portraits of Kabuki Actors," September 20, 2007–March 24, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Beautiful Country: Yamato-e in Japanese Art," November 20, 2010–June 5, 2011.

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