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Updated: 19 Apr 2024


Antique Japanese lacquer box-Makie Suzuri Bako


Title: Antique Japanese lacquer box-Makie Suzuri Bako

Signature: NO SIGNED
Material: wood, lacquer

Size Weight
Brown wood box      27.3 cm×25.5 cm×8.7 cm 533 g
Lacquer box   24.1 cm×22 cm×4.3 cm 944 g
Shallow case 22.4 cm×9.4 cm×1.9 cm   60 g

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SKU: Suzuribako-01 Categories: ,

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.

【About us】
 Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.

【Payment method】
 We accept payment through Stripe (Credit card), PayPal, Apple Pay or ChromePay, all of which are secure payment methods. Also, you don’t need to make an account on Stripe for the checkout. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. You may either pay in JPY, USD, AUD, CAD, EUR, CHF or GBP. The price is set in Japanese Yen. Prices in other currencies are automatically calculated based on the latest exchange rate. 

【Shipping duration】
 We normally ship via EMS (Express Mail Service) provided by Japan Post. It usually takes at least 5-14 days to deliver the package after you place an order. We will use DHL instead for those who ordered from Canada or Australia as EMS temporarily stops shipping to these countries due to COVID-19. We offer Free International Shipping as long as we can ship your order by either EMS or DHL (Australia, Canada only). If you prefer other shipping carriers, please contact us.  

 We will inform you of the order’s tracking number via email. Please make sure you fill out your valid email address correctly. 

*Please keep in mind that due to the spread of COVID-19, there might be possible delays in delivery. If you like to make sure if EMS shipping is available to your country, please contact us.

【How to make sure the condition】
 Please keep in mind that what you are going to purchase is an antique item. We uploaded high resolution photos for you to check its condition thoroughly. If you like to see more photos with different angles, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to send them to you so that you can make informed decision. 

 It is essential for us to know that you are happy with your choice of Suzuribako and we are prepared to use the best of our ability to serve you.


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