Skip to contentSkip to navigation
Become a Member
Explore today's schedule
Visit MMFA for free by becoming a Member
Learn more
Back

Writing Box (suzuribako)

Location

JAPAN

Era

Edo period (1615-1868)

Title

Writing Box (suzuribako)

Date

About 1800

Materials

Maki-e lacquer on wood, pewter, slate, mother-of-pearl inlay

Dimensions

4.7 x 18.4 x 23.8 cm

Credits

Gift of F. Cleveland Morgan, inv. 1949.Ee.2a-c

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

During the Edo period, the aesthetic appreciation for nature was reflected in everyday objects. Almost all living things, from flowers to animals to clouds, appeared in decorative motifs. This writing box (suzuribako) with a stag and maple leaves on the cover interior is painted in the Rimpa style of Ogata Kōrin (1658-1716). In the early 19th century, the artist, collector and publisher Sakai Hoitsu (1761-1828) published One Hundred Paintings of Kōrin, sparking a renewed interest in the artist’s highly decorative screens, scrolls, textiles and lacquerware. The stag, a symbol of longevity, alludes to the beauty of autumn, as do the maple leaves.

A touch of culture to your inbox
Subscribe to the Museum newsletter

Bourgie Hall Newsletter sign up

This website uses cookies in order to optimize your browsing experience and for promotional purposes. To learn more, please see our policy on the protection of personal Iinformation