A Japanese Lacquer Bunko [Document Box] and a Suzuribako [Writing Box] Edo - Meiji period (19th century) Each similarly decorated in gold hiramaki-e [low-relief lacquer], takamaki-e [high-relief lacquer] and mother-of pearl inlays with chrysanthemums, kikyo [Japanese bellflower] and autumn grasses, inner fitted tray, nashiji [sprinkled gold powder] interior; the suzuribako with a fitted tray containing a slate inkstone
Banura Shōgo (Japanese, 1901 – 1982), Writing Box. Japan, Showa period, 1930-1940. Dry lacquer (kanshitsu) base in dark green, with deep red lacquer edges, designs in gold and raised lacquers (taka-makie), interior with gold and silver scattered flakes (nashiji). 8 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 12 5/8 inches (12.6 in = 32.1 cm). Made in Kyoto, Japan. Gift of Jeffrey Cline and William Knospe in honor of Frederick R. McBrien III. Philadelphia Museum of Art.