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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 Credit
Description A black and gold lacquer rectangular "ko bako" with overlapping lid cusped midway on two long sides. Inside are six small covered boxes. On the top of the lid are four carp in a stream with low growth of water plants. The interior boxes have designs on top of the 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, asanoha, and brocade.
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 Purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1904 [at the World's Fair, St. Louis, Missouri]; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1904

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late 19th-early 20th century (Meiji)
lacquer, abalone shell, gold and silver foil
(Lacquer & Inlay)
Accession Number
H: 1 3/4 x W: 4 5/16 x D: 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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