Large suzuribako

Large suzuribako showing on its cover a mountainous landscape, crossed by a river, bordered by two houses and trees such as pine trees and cherry trees in bloom. It could be Okabe, the twenty-first of the fifty-three stations of the Tôkaidô. The bottom is gilded in the fundame technique, decorated with takamaki-e, hiramaki-e, hirameji and kirigane. The inside of the lid shows a lake landscape with very sinuous pines in takamaki-e and kirigane on a hirameji background.

Removable part, to put the calligraphy brushes and the ink stone, with a decoration of rocks in the lower part in takamaki-e and hiramaki-e, and a background in hirameji in the upper part. The decoration of the removable part is in continuity with the bottom of the box since it shows the edge of a lake (the same as on the inner lid) in hiramaki-e on a hirameji background. The back of the box has a gold dusted background in nashiji technique.

The landscape on the lid could represent Okabe-juku station, the twenty-first of the fifty-three stations on the Tokaido road, the main axis of Japan in the Edo period. It was located on the current Okabe (Shida district, Shizuoka prefecture), near the eponymous river. The station was opened in 1602.

The water bucket (mizu-ire) is not present in this suzuribako. The sponsor chose to use an external water bucket.

Accompanied by its original transport box. On it, inscription “suzuribako 1” (ô-suzuribako ichi, 御硯匣一). Unidentified seal.

Japan – Edo period (1603-1868)
Height : 2.4 in. (6 cm) – width : 9.3 in. (23.5 cm) – depth : 10.9 in. (27.7 cm)