Offered by: Tishu
By appointment only Atlanta, GA 30327 , United States Call Seller 305.400.0561


Antique Japanese Lacquered Incense Box Kobako

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  • Description
    An old lacquered small box that was likely used to contain incense powder (it is called Kobako), circa Momoyama to early Edo period (17th century). The square form box with a fitted lid of a slight dome shape features rounded corners and a subtle conforming inner line framing the design. The surface was decorated with Maki-e painting of plum flowers with silver/pewter inlayed petals, pine branches and holly berries, all set on a dense nashiji background. The underside of the lid showcases the insignia of chrysanthemum, historically reserved for the imperial household, and also a pair of family crests of flowering paulownia. The interior as well as the base were finished in the conforming dense nashiji. The rim of this box was covered with rather wide and heavy lead trim. This box is likely dated to 17th century, late Momoyama to the early Edo period. It presents with a strong sense of age and gracefulness.
  • More Information
    Origin: Japan
    Period: Pre 18th Century
    Materials: Lacquer, wood and metal
    Condition: Fair. Antique condition with aged patina, mellow and beautiful. Most silver inlays on the lid are now missing while those on the sides remain. There are overall rubbings, fine scratches, small nicks and metal oxidation as expected.
    Creation Date: 17th century
    Styles / Movements: Asian, Traditional
    Patterns: Asian/Oriental, Florals/Botanical, Handmade
    Incollect Reference #: 600790
  • Dimensions
    W. 3 in; H. 2 in; D. 3 in;
    W. 7.62 cm; H. 5.08 cm; D. 7.62 cm;
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