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Writing table with brook and various flowers and mountains
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Writing table with brook and various flowers and mountains


Description Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This low table is a bundai, or writing table. A calligrapher would arrange his or her writing tools on this surface decorated with a beautiful landscape scene. Through a range of techniques called maki-e, the artist built up pictures using different sizes and shapes of gold leaf, and different colors of gold powder, in lacquer.
Exhibitions
  • Centennial Exhibition Philadelphia. Memorial Hall, Philadelphia, Philadelphia. 1876.
  • The Art of Writing Instruments from Paris to Persia. 2011.
Provenance Minoda Chojiro, Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1876 (?); William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1876, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions None
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1876 (?)

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Creator
Period
19th century
Medium
wood, lacquer, silver, and gold
(Lacquer & Inlay)
Accession Number
67.340
Measurements
H: 3 1/2 x W: 22 1/8 x L: 12 5/8 in. (8.89 x 56.2 x 32.07 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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