Japanese Scholar Objects


A scholar wrist rest with molded and lacquered Hannya mask with string for fastening and a stick; Bamboo; Meiji; Japan. 7 inches (17.8 cm) long.


Scholar's wrist rest with a carved design of lotus and crab with a box; Bamboo; 19th century; Japan.


A Japanese jasper scholar inkslate of uniformly deep green color displaying some variegated, marbling effect; fitted wood lid with gold lacquered inscription of yama no hana; accompanied by a brocaded silk wrap within a wooden tomobako with inscription and collector's seals; 19th century; Japan. 3.13 inches (8 cm) wide; 6.25 inches (15.9 cm) long.

Provenance: acquired in Tokyo, Japan.



A writing instrument box with carved design of the Three Friends and birds; Duan; Late Meiji; Japan.

Provenance: from the collection of the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.





A circular wooden case (possibly a humidor); exquisitely carved all around with blossoming hibiscus shrub, interspersed with its leaves with a perching canary atop; finely incised details with relief ridges defining leaf veins, stamen, petal edges; central, turned medallion decorates the bottom of the inner chamber; late Meiji to Taicho period; early 20th century; Japan. 5.25 inches (13.3 cm) high; 6.25 inches (15.9 cm) in diameter.


Last updated 06/09/2003   Zhou Yi