Japanese Calligraphy Box

Paulownia Wood Suzuribako with Makie Lacquerwork | Japanese Calligraphy Box



Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 9-1/4”L x 4-0”w x 1-1/4”d

This beautifully ornamented writing box, (Suzuribako), and cover is made of densely grained antique Japanese paulownia, (kiri), and decorated in low relief lacquer with black, gold and red makie’ in a design of flowers, bamboo and grasses. The interior of the box, which has Negoro lacquer throughout, holds the ink stone, small ink stick, a smooth reddish-copper water dropper, (Suiteki), and two original brushes also decorated in red and black Negoro lacquer. All housed in the original and signed wooden kiriwood storage box.

Vintage Condition: Excellent, complete set as originally made. “As is” with no affects from aging, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage noted. 

NOTE: A Suzuribako is a traditional Japanese writing box made to hold a set of implements for calligraphy. Within the box, one typically finds a black ink stone, a metal water dropper which can be removed and filled with water with a tiny opening or spout at the edge allowing the calligrapher to wet the stone’s surface in a controlled manner. Liquid ink is created by rubbing the ink stick’s tip lightly on the moistened stone, using a circular motion, and adding water to dilute the ink as necessary.