A roiro lacquer suzuribako (writing box) and cover 18th century
Lot 397
A roiro lacquer suzuribako (writing box) and cover 18th century
Sold for £6,250 (US$ 10,686) inc. premium
Auction Details
A roiro lacquer suzuribako (writing box) and cover 18th century
Lot Details
The Property of a European private collector
A roiro lacquer suzuribako (writing box) and cover
18th century
Of conventional form with overhanging cover, the black lacquer ground decorated in gold and silver hiramakie, e-nashiji, kirikane and togidashi with cherry blossoms and petals floating over waves lapping gently against rocks, the design extending over the sides of the cover, continuing on to the inside of the cover and then to the removable inside ensuite implement tray that holds the ink-stone and gilt-metal mizu-ire engraved with cherry blossoms and petals, four characters in gold hiramakie on the exterior and a further five characters (alluding to a famous waka poem) on the rockwork to the inside of the cover; unsigned.
3.5cm x 20cm x 20cm (1 3/8in x 7 13/16in x 7 13/16in). (5).

Footnotes

  • 波に桜図蒔絵硯箱 無銘 18世紀

    The 'cherry blossoms on waves' design relates to the Noh play Sakuragawa (The River of Cherry Blossoms), which tells the poignant story of a boy, Sakurago (Cherry blossom child), who, distressed by his mother's hardships, sold himself to a human trafficker, as was later discovered by his mother in a letter sent to her by the trafficker. The boy was later apprenticed to a monk of Isobe-dera temple in Hitachi province and, during Spring when the cherry trees were in blossom, the monk and the boy went with others to the Sakuragawa to enjoy the view. There, the boy's mother, who had become mad, also appeared, and scooped blossoms from the river, explaining that they should not be wasted as they bore the name of her son. When she eventually saw her son with the monk, she regained her right of mind and returned home with her son.

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