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Title

Writing box (suzuribako) with design of dragonflies

2008

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Alternate image of Writing box (suzuribako) with design of dragonflies by Unryûan Kitamura Tatsuo
Alternate image of Writing box (suzuribako) with design of dragonflies by Unryûan Kitamura Tatsuo
  • Details

    Other Titles
    Tonbo makie suzuribako (lacquer box)
    Writing box (suzuribako) with design of dragonflies
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Date
    2008
    Media category
    Lacquerware
    Materials used
    wood, black and red lacquer, gold and mother-of-pearl inlay
    Dimensions
    18.0 x 10.0 x 3.5 cm
    Credit
    Purchased with funds donated by Joanna R. Coghlan, and Karma Abraham, Ros and Alex Hunyor, Sabrina Snow, Mary Jane Brodribb, Lesley Heath, and Andrew and Ann Proctor 2008
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    339.2008.a-b
    Copyright
    © UNRYÛAN Kitamura Tatsuo

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    Unryûan Kitamura Tatsuo

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    This intricate box for an inkstone is adorned with imagery that leads from summer into autumn and the arrival of winter. Summer is indicated by the red and gold squares, overlaid with dazzling dragonflies which were each created using a different lacquer technique. The interior is decorated with autumn grasses and a heart-shaped inkstone indicating the autumn moon. The box was made by Unryūan, one of Japan’s most celebrated contemporary lacquer artists.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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