The Burke Collection
Writing box (suzuribako, 硯箱) with poem from Kokin wakashū (古今和歌集)
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Catalogue information

Edo period, 18th century

Black lacquer with gold maki-e and lead inlay on pearskin ground (nashiji, 梨地)

2.5 x 14.2 x 15.7 cm (1 x 5 5/8 x 6 1/8 in.)

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

Additional details


[poem 689]

[top of lid] Upon the mat, [inside box] spreading but one side [of your robe,] / tonight again, [bridge maiden of Uji,] do you wait for me?