[Suzuri (inkwell) and Sumi (ink stick)]
Gift of Barbara Kawakami
1 inkwell and 1 ink stick : 4.875 x 2.375 in.
Accompanies Sumi bako (2004.1.183).
Black stone suzuri (inkwell) with sloping interior and a small stick of sumi (india ink) with Japanese writing on both sides originally housed in a sumi bako box. Ink stick is rectangular but one side has been worn down to a diagonal edge.
Black ink is made by rubbing the stick of sumi with some water in the ink well. This ink was used to make the fine lines of a mon (Japanese family crest) by Mrs. Shizu Kaigo
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