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Writing Box (Suzuri-Bako) with Design of a Deer
Writing Box (Suzuri-Bako) with Design of a Deer, Early 17th century
Attributed to Hon'ami Kōetsu, Japanese
Lacquer on wood with lead and mother-of-pearl inlay
Width: 11 5/8 inches (29.5 cm)
Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1992
1992-7-1a--d
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Recent Acquisitions in Japanese Art
July 15, 1992 - July 15, 1993
The three Japanese galleries on the second floor will be installed with paintings, sculpture, ceramics, lacquer, and metalwork acquired over the past five years. Included is a magnificent early 17th-century lacquered writing box with a design of a deer in autumn, a recent gift of the Friends of the Museum. It is attributed to Honami Koetsu (1558-1637), a famed calligrapher, sword connoisseur, potter, tea master, lacquer designer and founder of an artists colony. A poem-scroll by Koetsu is also on view along with other important calligraphies.

Curator

Felice Fischer

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