Since the Heian period, The theme of the deer and autumn plants has been employed in poetry and art to represent autumn.
This subject has always fascinated me in a special way, either because of the elegance of this animal or because of the lyrical narrative related to the theme of autumn.
The subject is traditional to Yamato-e art, i.e., that which is typically Japanese and not Chinese-inspired, and can be found in famous works, such as the suzuribako known as "Kasugayama" -Important Cultural Property - preserved at the Nezu Museum and dating back to the 15th century.
Works that take up this subject certainly include other lacquerware, but also tsuba, paintings, and screens. Here is a selection of available works: