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Updated: 26 Sep 2023


Japanese lacquer box-Makie Suzuri Bako Bird Couple


Title: Japanese lacquer box-Makie Suzuri Bako Bird Couple

Signature: NO SIGNED
Material: wood, lacquer

Size (Approx.) Weight
25 cm × 23 cm × 4 cm 914 g

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SKU: Suzuribako-02 Categories: ,

Title: Japanese lacquer box-Makie Suzuri Bako Bird Couple

 Suzuri Bako (硯箱) is a type of box in which writing implements such as writing brushes, ink sticks, 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. It is covered with a wooden box.

 There is a pair of birds who are taking rests under the pine tree. As pine trees keep their green color throughout the years by withstanding severe heat and cold, this plant has been regarded as a sacred plant. And some people believed mountain hermits dwell in pine trees and eat the fruit of pine trees; therefore, people thought pine trees represent longevity.

 Peony flowers are blooming on the roadside. Peony represents happiness, wealth, nobleness, and gorgeousness. This flower pattern has been treated as a kind of good-omen motifs that become a rich harvest sign. Peony is called “Botan (牡丹)” in Japanese. When we write this flower’s name in Japanese, its second letter has the meaning: medicine of mountain hermit that would give us eternal youth. Based on the meaning of this letter, the peony pattern symbolizes eternal youth and longevity.

 A rooster is designed at the back of the lid. Each feather is carefully depicted. As this bird tells the morning, it has been one of the familiar animals for Japanese people 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. Or, it would be a special gift for someone who enjoys calligraphy.

 *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.

 *As this item is an antique, please check each photo and ensure its condition.

【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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