This is a challenging art works to a national treasure of Japan. This design is originally created by Korin Ogata (1658-1716), who carried on the artistic approach of Koetsu Honami (1558-1637). The Korin’s art works is recognized as the national treasure of Japan.
The design is derived from a scene in "Eight Bridges," the tales of Ise ( Ise monogatari).
The surface of the case is covered with the urushi lacquer, and the top and sides of the body are decorated with irises and crossed by the bridges. The iris blossoms are shaped with the mother of pearls, leaves and stems are drawn by the gold makie. The upper tier of this box is a space for an ink stone and a water dropper. The lower tier is a space for holding papers.
Inside the upper tier and the lower tier box, the patterns of waves are delicately drawn by the gold makie. Inside the upper tier and lower tier box, the patterns of waves are drawn by the gold makie.
If you were interested with the original design of the art works recognized as the national treasure of Japan, please see a following site. Link to Tokyo National Museum
Length 19.5cm, Width 14.0cm, Height 11.0cm. Art works of Sanao Matsuda
Material: Wooden Box, mother of pearl, urushi lacquer, gold powders with Urushi lacquer and Lead bridges.