- Other Titles
- Tonbo makie suzuribako (lacquer box)
Writing box (suzuribako) with design of dragonflies
- Place where the work was made
- Media category
- Materials used
- wood, black and red lacquer, gold and mother-of-pearl inlay
- 18.0 x 10.0 x 3.5 cm
- 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
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © UNRYÛAN Kitamura Tatsuo
- Artist information
Unryûan Kitamura Tatsuo
Works in the collection
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.
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012
Referenced in 2 publications
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.).