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$ 3,000

Antique Japanese Lacquered Incense Box Kobako with MOP Inlays

Origin Japan
Period 18th Century
Materials lacquered wood with MOP inlays
W. 2.8 in; H. 1.6 in; D. 3.5 in;
W. 7.11 cm; H. 4.06 cm; D. 8.89 cm;
Condition Good. Wear consistent with aged patina throughout, mellow and beautiful. There are overall fine scratches, small nicks, minute losses and metal oxidation as expected. Heavy rubbing and noticeable bumps on the base as shown.
Creation Date 17-18th century
Description An old Japanese lacquered small box likely used to contain incense powder called Kobako, circa Edo period (17-18th century). The rectangular form box with a fitted lid features rounded corners and a subtle conforming inner line framing the designs. The surface was decorated with Hiramakie in overall Sayagata pattern, the interlocking of eternal Manji symbols in Buddhism. On top of that, there are scattered mon symbols in three distinct patterns: kiku, flowering paulownia, and a three turning comma done with mother-of pearl inlays. The interior was profusely decorated with hiramaki-e, a scene with a couple on a sailing boat in a storming ocean, likely from the Tale and Genji. There rim was protected with a heavy metal either lead or pewter.
Provenance: From the British collection of Soame Jenyns. From 1927 to 1931 he was in the Hong Kong civil service, after which he joined the British Museum where, except for secondment to the Admiralty during the war, he remained until 1968. He was on the Committee of the Royal Academy Exhibition, 1935-1936. He was Deputy Keeper of the Department of Oriental Antiquities 1950 to 1968. Between 1954 and 1972 he made gifts of Chinese porcelain to the Museum.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Patterns Abstract, Asian/Oriental, Florals/Botanical, Geometric, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 499026
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