Title: Antique Japanese lacquer box-Makie Suzuri Bako
*As this item is an antique, there are small damages. Please check each photo carefully to make sure of its condition.
Suzuri Bako (硯箱) is a type of box in which writing implements such as writing brush, ink stick, or inkstone are stored. Also, some people used it to put a small knife or calendar. Suzuri Bako is often made from lacquered wood. *Makie (蒔絵) and *Raden (螺鈿) are popular ornamental techniques for this item. Artisans developed various skills to decorate boxes.
This box has a rectangular shape with rounded corners. As the shallow case separates the inside of the box, it is useful to organize items based on their volumes. This box is covered with a brown wooden box.
Chickens and their chicks are designed on the surface of the lid. They are depicted realistically, and each feather is carefully carved. It seems we could feel its soft touch. This family is in a bamboo forest. As bamboos are hard to break, it is said this plant pattern represents an indomitable spirit. Furthermore, it looks grapes are winding around the bamboos. As grapes have lots of fruits, it is regarded as a symbol of fertility, abundant harvest, and longevity.
At the back of this lid, you could find hares. They hide their bodies in the wild grass and play together. It is believed this animal is the god’s messenger; therefore, people considered it would bring good luck. As they hop and have lots of children, it symbolizes progress, rich harvest, and future generations’ prosperity. This adorable animal design has been appreciated for a long time.
This Suzuri Bako is useful for storing your items. You can also display it to enjoy as a part of the interior decoration in your room. As this box is decorated with traditional Japanese designs and gorgeous colors, it would make an elegant and luxurious atmosphere.
*Makie……A typical Japanese lacquer art technique developed uniquely in Japan for about 1200 years. Firstly, it needs to draw a picture with lacquer on the surface with a thin brush. Next, sprinkle the gold powder from above to show the pattern before the lacquer hardens. This technique makes a gorgeous and elegant look to works.
*Raden…… It is a kind of decorative technique that is often used for traditional craftworks. It uses the pearl part of seashells and put it into the engraved surface of lacquer or wood. Thanks to its iridescent luster, it gives a luxurious look to works.
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