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


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.