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Box for Incense Utensils with Cherry Blossoms in a Landscape

Date:
19th century
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Gold and silver maki-e and kirikane on black lacquer ground
Dimensions:
H. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm); W. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm); D. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charles Page, 1922
Accession Number:
22.14
Not on view
This box with two compartments and an interior tray would have contained incense and the implements used in the traditional game of discriminating different fragrances of incense. Its landscape decoration of rolling hills covered with flowering cherry trees and a swift-flowing stream are motifs associated with the Yoshino mountains south of Nara, long celebrated in Japanese art and poetry.
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