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Set of Boxes for Storing Incense Wood
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Set of Boxes for Storing Incense Wood

Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description A black and gold lacquer rectangular "ko bako" with overlapping lid cusped midway on two long sides; interior with six small covered boxes. On top of lid are four carp in a stream with low growth of water plants; interior boxes have designs on top of lids of streams and ponds with various groups of trees and flowers, bird and butterflies; exterior sides of covered boxes with four different patterns of arabesques, diaper ("asanoha"), brocade, and swastika. Design on top of lid in gold and brown "togidashi" of various shades with fish in "hiramakie" on gold and red lacquer; flowers in gold and red lacquer with inlaid aogai; background of black "roiro" with "nashiji." Six small interior boxes with "hiramakie" in gold, interior and bottoms with "nashiji;" interior of main box with dense "nashiji" and applied gold and silver foils; all in highly polished lacquer, rims with "kinji."
Date Description Narrative
2/26/2014Examinationexamined for exhibition
  • Imperial Japan: The Art of the Meiji Era (1868-1912). Herbert F. Johnson, Ithaca; Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute- Museum of Art, Utica; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati; Portland Art Museum, Portland. 1980-1981.
Provenance World's Fair, St. Louis, Missouri, 1904; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1904, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions none
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1904

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late 19th-early 20th century (Meiji)
lacquer, aogai, gold and silver foil
(Lacquer & Inlay)
Accession Number
1 3/4 x 4 5/16 x 5 3/16 in. (4.4 x 10.9 x 13.1 cm)
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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