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Writing Box with weaving maiden at her loom on clouds
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Writing Box with weaving maiden at her loom on clouds


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Description The mythological figure Orihime, the daughter of the Sky King, is known in Japan as the Weaving Maiden. According to legend, the king selected a herdsman, Kengyu, to marry Orihime. On her wedding day, the bride indulged in such frivolity that her father regretted his choice. He exiled Kengyu to the other side of the Milky Way, and Orihime was forced to spend her life weaving at her loom. The lovers were permitted to meet only once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month when the Milky Way is spanned by a bridge of magpies. Their union is celebrated on July 7 at the festival of Tanabata.
Exhibitions
  • Industry of Perfection: The Refined Beauty of Japanese Cloisonne Enamels. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2009-2010.
  • The Art of Writing Instruments from Paris to Persia. 2011.
Provenance Kanesabro Wakai, Centennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, 1876; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1876, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1876

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Period
19th century
Medium
wood, lacquer, and gold
(Lacquer & Inlay)
Accession Number
67.293
Measurements
Lid H: 7/8 x W: 7 3/4 x D: 8 1/2 in. (2.22 x 19.69 x 21.59 cm); Bottom H: 1 3/8 x W: 7 3/8 x D: 8 1/4 in. (3.49 x 18.73 x 20.96 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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