Incense Burner in the Shape of a Melon with Autumn Flowers and Grasses

Period: Edo period (1615–1868)

Date: early 17th century

Culture: Japan

Medium: Lacquer with sprinkled gold decoration in Kōdaiji style; gilt-bronze cover

Dimensions: 3 1/4 x 3 7/8 in. (8.3 x 9.8 cm)

Classification: Lacquer

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1912

Accession Number: 12.134.29


Although the naturalistic depiction of profuse autumn flowers and grasses is based on the Kōdai-ji style, the meticulous quality of the technique of sprinkled gold on the black lacquer ground is characteristic of the craftsmanship of the early Edo period.