Unsigned lacquer kogo

A lacquer kogo with design of a pontoon bridge over moored boats, a homage to the renowned writing box by Honami Koetsu in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum, The design is overlaid with the characters of a verse by the 10th century poet, Minamoto Hitoshi:

On Azuma road,
Crossing the boat bridge of Sano
Crossing my mind
Thoughts that no-one knows

The cursive script is in a type of ashide created by building up a takamakie from powdered metals.

Circa 1890

Dimensions: 7.5cm x 5.7cm x 3.0cm

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