Box for Incense Utensils with Cherry Blossoms in a Landscape
Gold and silver maki-e and kirikane on black lacquer ground
H. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm); W. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm); D. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Charles Page, 1922
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.
Mrs. Charles Page (until 1922; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sense of Place: Landscape in Japanese Art," May 8, 2002–September 8, 2002.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Spring and Summer," December 17, 2005–June 4, 2006.