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[Suzuri (inkwell) and Sumi (ink stick)]

[Suzuri (inkwell) and Sumi (ink stick)]
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inkwell
L: 4.875 in, W: 2.375 in
stone
ink

, unknown

(2004.1.184)

Gift of Barbara Kawakami

Description

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.

History
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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