Length: 23.500 cm
Width: 21.000 cm
Height: 4.500 cm
Gift of Sir Harry and Lady Garner
Asia JA 1974.5-13.8.a, b
Black lacquer writing-box
Edo period, 17th century AD
This writing-box is in the decorative tradition
of Hon'ami Kōetsu of the Rimpa school. It is decorated with
black lacquer with gold
The huge silver moon, bottom left, has tarnished to a mellow brown which somehow contrasts gently with the pines. The inside of the lid has exquisitely dappled deer crying in autumn. The pine motif is repeated in the brush tray.
The box now contains an inkstone and a gilt-copper water-dropper.
L. Smith, V. Harris and T. Clark, Japanese art: masterpieces in (London, The British Museum Press, 1990)