Hishaku-gata style yatate made of shibuichi (silver and copper alloy), decorated with silver wire inlay of clouds and spirals or leiwel (“thunder pattern”, inverted spirals assembled in pairs and arranged in bands). The hishaku-gata style was developed in the early Edo period in the 17th century. It is characterized by an ink compartment (sumi tsubo) shaped like a dipper. Here, it is rectangular.
The yatate is a travel writing kit, used in Japan from the second half of the 13th century (Muromachi period, 1333-1568) to the beginning of the 20th century. It is part, like the inrô, of the sagemono: something that can be attached to the obi (belt). It consists of an ink compartment (sumi tsubo) and a case for the brush. Towards the end of the Edo period (1604-1868), the brush case was connected to the ink compartment and also served as a netsuke to be attached to the belt.
Calligraphy requires many instruments such as brush, ink stone, water cup, which are found in the writing box called suzuribako. In order to be transportable, the yatate was developed for itinerants like warriors, pilgrims, travelers or merchants.
Japan – Late Edo period (1603-1868), early Meiji era (1868-1912), 19th century
Length : 7.1 in (18 cm) – width : 1.1 in (2,7 cm, at the ink compartment)