A Japanese Meiji to Taisho lacquer suzuribako – omega shaped with two makie gold lacquer butterflies facing each other in the center of the upper section. There is a geometric border in makie gold on the outside edges and an inkstone inside. The writing box measures 6 5/8" wide by 4" high by 1 3/8" thick.
It is in generally very good condition - the lower section has two cracks on opposite sides of the space where the inkstone rests - we think this might have been caused by expansion of the stone in some temperature differential - or by the weight of the inkstone itself. These small cracks do not take away from the beauty of the piece nor affect its utility as a suzuribako. The cover has what appears to be a seam where the wood was joined to form the box - then covered with black lacquer. A suzuribako is a box designed to hold writing equipment including brushes, and inkstone and a paper knife. We date date this piece from the late Meiji period, circa 1900-1910.