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Incense Boxes with a Wrapping Cloth

Artist:
Kubo Shunman (Japanese, 1757–1820)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1808
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print (surimono); ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
5 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (14 x 19.1 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929
Accession Number:
JP2113
Not on view
Two incense containers are depicted on this privately commissioned, high-quality New Year's print (surimono): one is fan shaped, carved in red lacquer, and depicts plum blossom motifs; the other, a tiered incense holder, is decorated with mother-of-pearl inlay in the Somada style. The incense boxes are placed on a wrapping cloth that represents spring through the association with plum blossoms, and reflects the content of the poem appearing at the top of the print.
Signature: None

Marking: Seal (hand-stamped): Shunman (probably former owner)
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