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Portable writing set (yatate) with compass beneath the cover with a rabbit's head applied
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Portable writing set (yatate) with compass beneath the cover with a rabbit's head applied


Description Conservation Exhibitions Inscription
Description A yatate is a portable writing set, providing a case for ink, a shaft for a brush, and often a letter opener. Although the dipper shape was the most common yatate style for centuries, there were as many variations in design and decoration as there were craftsmen producing them. This particular yatate is fashioned with a compass, a sundial, and a calendar, all conveniently hidden under the rabbit's head.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
4/18/1962Treatmentcleaned; coated
Exhibitions
  • The Art of Writing Instruments from Paris to Persia. 2011.
Inscriptions [Signature] Jokatsusai Yasukazu or Hoichi

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Period
19th century (late Edo; Meiji)
Medium
silver, gold
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
57.1339
Measurements
H: 1 1/2 x W: 1 1/4 x L: 7 1/4 in. (3.81 x 3.18 x 18.42 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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