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Antique Japanese Lacquered Incense Box Kobako in Kodaiji Style

$ 2,000
  • Description
    An antique lacquered small box that was likely used to contain incense powder (it is called Kobako in Japanese), circa early to mid-19th century of the Edo period. The square form box with a fitted lid features a slight dome shape with rounded corners. The surface was decorated with gold Maki-e painting of Camillia flowers with scrolling vines and leave, set on a pure black background. The delicate design continues from the top surface of the lid to all four sides, but the ornamental motifs remained relatively sparse and restrained, leaving ample empty space. The interior and the underside of the box were finished pure black lacquer. The tiny gold powder (nashiji) was used to fill in the design, which is a characteristic of Kodaiji style dated as back as Momoyama period. The bright gold floral design contrasting a black ground is also another signature of the style. The rim of the lid and the body was lined with wide lead rim.
    A small but lovely piece that exemplifies the excellent Japanese lacquer workmanship.
  • More Information
    Origin: Japan
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: lacquer wood, metal
    Condition: Good. Good antique condition with patina, such as slight surface rubbings, small fine scratches and a small nick on the base. The lead rim shows oxidation as expected.
    Creation Date: 19th century
    Styles / Movements: Asian, Traditional
    Patterns: Asian/Oriental, Florals/Botanical, Handmade
    Incollect Reference #: 681122
  • 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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