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Manzai Makie Circular Suzuri Bako (Ink stone Box), Meiji Period

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Manzai Makie Circular Suzuri Bako (Ink stone Box), Meiji Period

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Manzai Makie Circular Suzuri Bako (Ink stone Box), Meiji Period

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Manzai (Street Perfomers) Makie Suzuri Bako (Inkstone Box)

万歳蒔絵丸型硯箱

Gilt lacquer and metal

Meiji Period (c. late 19th century) 明治期

Artist Unknown

Provenance: From a collection in Bellevue, Washington

Size: Diameter: 7.5” Height 1.5”

Condition: Scratches are seen on the surface of the top section of the lid and sight scratches on the bottom. The protective silk cushion survives for the interior of the box.

Manzai, is also a synonym by sound for the comedic skits performers do today; however this manzai is different. Manzai were once performed during auspicious occasions or specifically during the new year adding to the festivities seen in the cities and towns. Here, in this ink stone box, we see two men engaged in sarumawashi or monkey performances. On the backside of the lid we see two female performers heading their way to do a kyogen-like performance where the drummer and dancer will sing auspicious songs.

The ink stone box would be perfect for a new year’s decor for a Japanese home and may have been used in a setting where poetry was read to evoke the themes and subjects that each composer needed.

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