Metal yatate inro-gata style: the long and thin brush case is connected by a cord to the netsuke-shaped ink compartment. Both elements are decorated with wisteria (fuji). From the Kansai region, they allude to a revelation in the Man’yoshu, an anthology of over 4,000 poems from 760 and are highly valued for their beauty. Symbol of some noble families, its long clusters of flowers are said to be able to drive away evil spirits. Mon of three cloves (chôji) of migimitsu chôji tomoe type on the handle of the brush case and on both sides of the ink compartment, used as netsuke. In the Heian period, it was an expensive spice with medicinal properties from Malaysia. It was believed that burning it would bring good fortune.
Rectangular ojime with filigree pattern, reminding a floral pattern in an abstract style.

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 – Meiji Era (1868-1912)
Brush case : Length 20.5 cm (8.07 inch) – Diameter 1.3 cm (0.51 inch)
Ink compartment : Length 3.5 cm (1.38 inch) – Width 2 cm (0.79 inch) – Height 2.8 cm (1.1 inch)