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Writing box | V&A  The exterior of the box is decorated in silver and gold kirikane to achieve an almost monochromatic effect. The mosaic design around the sides and lid of the box is created through relatively large pieces of gold and silver individually applied to the black lacquer background.  The depiction of water plants has been a common motif since the Momoyama period (1573-1615).

Writing box | V&A The exterior of the box is decorated in silver and gold kirikane to achieve an almost monochromatic effect. The mosaic design around the sides and lid of the box is created through relatively large pieces of gold and silver individually applied to the black lacquer background. The depiction of water plants has been a common motif since the Momoyama period (1573-1615).

A sugoroku game ukiyoe "A view of the Ryounkaku tower in the Asakusa park" (1891) by Utagawa Kunisada(3rd, a.k.a. Kunimasa 4th). EDO TOKYO MUSEUM COLLECTION

A sugoroku game ukiyoe "A view of the Ryounkaku tower in the Asakusa park" (1891) by Utagawa Kunisada(3rd, a.k.a. Kunimasa 4th). EDO TOKYO MUSEUM COLLECTION

Arhat with Attendant, from a series of 16 Rakan Medium: Hanging scroll; ink, color and kirikane (cut gold leaf) on silk Dates: ca. 1400 Period: Nambokucho Period Dimensions: overall, 68 5/16 x 22 3/8 in. without mount, 37 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.

Arhat with Attendant, from a series of 16 Rakan Medium: Hanging scroll; ink, color and kirikane (cut gold leaf) on silk Dates: ca. 1400 Period: Nambokucho Period Dimensions: overall, 68 5/16 x 22 3/8 in. without mount, 37 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.

Writing box | V&A  Interior of the box

Writing box | V&A Interior of the box