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Updated: 28 Sep 2023


Japanese lacquer box-Suzuri Bako Maru ni Juji Mon


Title: Japanese lacquer box-Suzuri Bako Maru ni Juji Mon

Signature: NO SIGNED
Material: wood, lacquer

Size (Approx.) Weight
23.5 cm × 20.5 cm × 4 cm 687 g

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SKU: Suzuribako-04 Categories: ,

Title: Japanese lacquer box-Suzuri Bako Maru ni Juji Mon

 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. Maru ni Juji Mon (丸に十字紋) is designed at the lid of this box. This mark was used by the Shimazu Daimyo family, based in Satsuma (薩摩, the west side of Kagoshima prefecture today) from the Kamakura period (1185-1333) to the Edo period. There are several theories about the origin of this design. Firstly, it is said this pattern symbolizes the figure of two dragons. Secondly, its origin is the charm that crossing two chopsticks to win the battles. Another theory says it comes from a spell in the form of “cutting a cross.” People once believed this action would protect them from misfortune and bring good luck. Therefore, it is thought that the Maru ni Juji Mon has been regarded as a good omen motif and started to be used for family crests.

 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. This box 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. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. After confirming your payment, we will apply for an export permit. You may either pay in JPY, USD, AUD, EUR 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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