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Writing box (suzuribako) and implements mid to late nineteenth century

Wood, black and gold lacquer | 5.3 x 22.2 x 25.4 cm (whole object) | RCIN 64476

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This writing box contains all the equipment necessary for calligraphy. The solid inkstick would be ground with water to produce liquid ink for writing or painting. The consistency is varied by adding water from the shell-shaped silver water-dropper.