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Writing Box
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Writing Box

Banura Shōgo, Japanese, 1901 - 1982

Made in Kyoto, Japan, Asia

Shōwa Period (1926-1989)


Dry lacquer (kanshitsu) base in dark green, with deep red lacquer edges, designs in gold and raised lacquers (taka-makie), interior with gold and silver scattered flakes (nashiji)

8 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches (21.6 x 19.1 x 32.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Jeffrey Cline and William Knospe, 2008

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This writing box was made using the kanshitsu, or dry lacquer, technique. The base is made not of wood, but of seven or eight layers of cloth, which allows for more flexibility in shaping the box. It also enables the piece to be lightweight and easier to move on a desktop or for storage. Inside are the accoutrements for writing: an inkstone and a hammered silver water dropper, as well as a tray for paper.