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Incense Box (Kogo) with Design of Iris and Bridge (Yatsuhashi)

Artist:
Yamada Jōkasai (1681–1704)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Gold-speckled aventurine (nashiji) lacquer with sprinkled and polished design (hiramakie)
Dimensions:
H. 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm); W. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm); L. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.100.157a, b
Not on view
The shape of the box, in the form of two bridge planks, and the iris designs in sprinkled gold and silver evoke the "Eight Bridges" episode in Chapter 9 of The Tales of Ise.
Signature: Jokasai
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