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Title

Writing box (suzuribako) with design of dragonflies

2008


Artist

Unryûan Kitamura Tatsuo

Japan

1952 -


About

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.


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


Artist information

Unryûan Kitamura Tatsuo

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 2008–09, Sydney, 2009, 13 (colour illus.).

Jill Sykes, Look, 'Ancient art with a new twist', pg. 54, Sydney, May 2009, 54 (colour illus.).