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A Meiji Suzuribako with Makie Design - circa 1900

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A Meiji Suzuribako with Makie Design - circa 1900
Japanese Meiji to Taisho lacquer suzuribako omega shaped with two makie gold lacquer butterflies facing each other in the center of the upper section geometric border in makie gold edges inkstone inside two cracks on lower box flanking the inkstone. Measures 6 5/8" wide by 4" high by 1 3/8" thick.

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 no affect its utility as a suzuribako.

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.

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