The size of Suzuribako: 10 1/8" L x 8" W x 2 1/4" High. Beautiful Japanese Roiro Lacquer Raden Suzuribako. Suzuribako is made with wooden boby in fine Roiro Makie finish. It is done by Nara Shikki(Nara Lacquer) work (showing information below). Lower part Sururibako body has fine foot work. It has the design of Shosoin Temple treasure in Nara with Ho-O birds done in very fine mothers of pearl Raden inlaid finish on top as well as each side panel with gold works. Inside has fine Silver suiteki as well as inkstone rest and brush rest made with silver. We have added new Sumi inkstone as well two new brush which can be used right away. The condition of Suzuribako appear, it never been used. Very fine condition, no chip, no crack. It came with Kiri wood Tomobako. The cover top written as in Japanese, "Shosoin-mon Suzuribako", larger Kanji also said, " On Suzuribako". There is another writing in Japanese with chop seal inside cover, "Seishien Zo(made)". Seishien is fine lacquer studio located in Nara-city where Shosoin Repositary(Todaiji Temple) is located. Suzuribako dating from 1950-1970. I paid $620.00 in 2011 my first cost. Please see additional photos at our number#1056057.
The Shosoin is the treasure house that belongs to Tôdai-ji, Nara. The building is in the azekura log-cabin style, with a raised floor. It lies to the northwest of the Daibutsuden (which houses the Great Buddha). The Shosoin houses artifacts connected to Emperor Shomu (701–756) and Empress Kômyô (701–760), as well as arts and crafts of the Tempyô period of Japanese history.
Treasures, Shosoin today holds around 9000 items, leaving out items that are yet to be classified. While many of the collection are of remainders from the 8th century and are of domestic production, either art or documents, there are also variety of items originating from Tang China. Other material comes from as far as India, Iran, Greece, Rome and Egypt. Although these collections are not open to the public, selections are shown at Nara National Museum once a year in autumn. Information from (credited to) Wikipeida.
Nara lacquer ware has a history of 1,300 years, an example of which is preserved at Shosoin (the Imperial Repository). This very attractive handicraft is characterized by the technique of Raden (mother-of-pearl inlaying), in which green snails, abalones, or butterfly shells are cut into pieces to create patterns, pasted to the cypress wood board, and inlayed with lacquer. The lacquered surface is polished in the final step of the process to give it gloss. This lacquering technique flourished as part of the Tempyo Culture, which developed with the introduction of Buddhism in the Nara period (710-794). It is supposed that not only finished products were imported to Japan but also lacquerers came from China and taught lacquering techniques to Japanese craftsmen. Nara lacquering has continued to the present time going through various changes from applying lacquer to temple and shrine buildings in the Middle Age, tea utensils in Azuchi-Momoyama period, when tea ceremony was established, and then to applying lacquer to armors in the Edo period. Presently, suzuribako (box for writing equipment), jewelry boxes, and fubako (letter box) with beautiful Raden work are all popular among nationwide enthusiasts.