65.5 x 33.2 cm
The rigid class system of pre-modern Japan ensured the supply of quality metalwork, lacquerware, ceramics, woodcarving and other goods required by the ruling class. While a craftsman's living was secured by his patrons, he was required to ensure that his skills be continued by his son or an appropriate student. The towel stand and the writing box (containing inkstone, waterdropper and brushes) [Acc.no. 346.1989] are good examples of everyday objects made with the elegant 'maki-e' lacquer technique.
'Lacquerware', The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.220.
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The World of Samurai Culture', Sydney, 2003, 220 (colour illus.).
Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015