The Burke Collection
Writing table (bundai, 文台) with melons and squirrels
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Catalogue information

Momoyama–Edo period, early 17th century

Black lacquer with gold maki-e and pictorial pearskin ground (e-nashiji, 絵梨地)

10 x 58.4 x 34.6 cm (4 x 23 x 13 5/8 in.)

Donated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York by the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in 2015


Doi Kumiko 1987, no. 10
Doi Kumiko
Urushi kōgei no bi (The beauty of lacquer arts and crafts). Osaka: Osaka City Museum.

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Avitabile 1990, no. 113
Avitabile, Gunhild
[Editor]. Die Kunst des alten Japan: Meisterwerke aus der Mary and Jackson Burke Collection, New York. Exh. cat. Frankfurt: Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.

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Murase 1993, no. 70.
Murase, Miyeko
Jewel Rivers: Japanese Art from the Burke Collection. Exh. cat. Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Art.

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