Inkstone storage box suzuribako

Inkstone storage box suzuribako


A suzuribako 硯箱 box, which takes its name from the ink stone (suzuri 硯) stored in it. In addition to the ink stone, the suzuribako usually held other calligraphy tools, such as a type of Japanese ink (sumi 墨), prepared in solid sticks, an ink container (sumibasami 墨挾), a pipette for water (suiteki 水滴), a brush, a small useful knife (tōsu 刀子), and an awl (kiri 錐). The lid of the suzuribako box is decorated with a motif of golden fans. Fans can signify wealth and high social status and symbolise the journey of life. They are usually painted in odd numbers as this is said to bring good luck. Gold-coloured fans are said to bring wealth. The technique used is an imitation of the nashiji (梨地) technique, one of the forms of the maki-e (蒔絵) technique often used for the background of patterns and which flourished in the Muromachi period (1338–1573). (KH)

Material description: wood, lacquer
Manufacturing technique: imitation of nashiji (梨地) technique
Dimensions: width: 23.5 cm, length: 14 cm
No. of parts: 1
Current owner: Celje Regional Museum
Date of the last acquisition: 1957–1960
Previous owners and periods of ownership: Alma M. Karlin, Thea Schreiber Gammelin, Celje Regional Museum
Object condition, handling and damage: well preserved
History of exhibition: Celje Regional Museum, Celje, 16.10.2019–31.5.2020 (exhibition: Azija me je povsem uročila [Asia Utterly Bewitched Me])
Press releases: HRVATIN, Klara. 2019.Japonski lakirani predmeti [Japanese lacquerware]. V Azija me je povsem uročila: katalog občasne razstave ob 130. obletnici rojstva Alme M. Karlin in 100. obletnici njenega odhoda na pot okrog sveta [In Asia Utterly Bewitched Me: Catalog of the special exhibition on the occasion of the 130th birthday of Alma M. Karlin and the 100th anniversary of her world tour ]. Celje: Regional Museum; Ljubljana: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete: 55–58.

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