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A Paper box (Fubako) and writing box (Suzuri Bako) of raw kiri-wood hand painted by Tanaka Hakuin and enclosed in the original red-lacquered wooden storage box signed and dated Taisho 8 (1919). Inset into the interior of the writing box is a suzuri ink stone and suiteki water dropper. Also included is a hand painted fan and scroll by the artist. The large box is 30 x 37.5 x 13 cm (12 x 15 x 5 inches). The smaller box is 24.5 x 21.5 x 4 cm (10 x 9 x 2 inches).
Tanaka Hakuin (1865-1934) was born in Suruga, modern day Shizuoka. He became one of the prominent disciples of Tanomura Chokunyu in Kyoto at the age of 17 (1883) inheriting the Nanga tradition of Tanomura Chikuden. In 1900, upon marriage, he changed his name to Tanaka. An important figure in Kansai art circles in the opening years of the 20th century, he worked tirelessly with the likes of Tomioka Tessai to promote the Literati tradition. He later settled in Hofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, where he established a studio and passed on the tradition to many young students.