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Box for the Incense Game (ko-bako) with Flowers of the Four Seasons
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Box for the Incense Game (ko-bako) with Flowers of the Four Seasons


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Description A gold lacquer rectangular ko-bako on four low feet with ovrlapping lid and containing an interior tray and four interior covered boxes; two longer sides cut away in a long curve. Top of lid and exterior side with various kinds of overlapping chrysanthemum blossoms; interior tray decorated with partly lowered bamboo blinds from hollyhock leaves (aoi) hang down; interior boxes with different patterns as background for sprays of plum, cherry, iris, and chrysanthemums Design in togidashi in gold, red, brown, and silvery lacquer of various shades; interior tray with design of hiramakie and applied gold foil on background of hirame in gold on black ro-iro; interior lid, body of box, and bottom of tray with dense nashiji; design of four interior boxes in hiramakie with touches of red, interior with nashiji; all rims with kinji
Exhibitions
  • Exposition Universelle. Paris. 1878.
  • Japanese Lacquers. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
Provenance Grande Compagnie (Kiryu Kosho Kaisha), Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1878; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1878, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1878

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Period
18th century (Edo)
Medium
gold, black, and silvery lacquer, gold foil over wood
(Lacquer & Inlay)
Accession Number
67.80
Measurements
H: 2 3/8 × W: 5 11/16 × D: 6 in. (6 × 14.5 × 15.3 cm); Outer box base H: 1 15/16 × W: 5 D: 11/16 × 6 in. (5 × 14.5 × 15.3 cm); Outer lid H: 1 11/16 × W: 5 11/16 × D: 5 1/2 in. (4.3 × 14.5 × 13.9 cm); Tray H: 9/16 × W: 5 1/2 × D: 5 1/4 in. (1.4 × 13.9 × 13.3 cm); Overall Inner box .4 & .5 H: 13/16 × W: 2 1/2 × D: 2 5/8 in. (2 × 6.3 × 6.6 cm); Inner box base .4 H: 7/16 × W: 2 5/8 × D: 2 1/2 in. (1.1 × 6.6 × 6.3 cm); Inner box lid .5 H: 3/8 × W: 2 5/8 × D: 2 1/2 in. (0.9 × 6.6 × 6.3 cm); Overall inner box .6 & .7 H: 3/4 × W: 2 5/8 × D: 2 11/16 in. (1.9 × 6.7 × 6.8 cm); Inner box base .6 H: 5/8 × W: 2 5/8 × D: 2 11/16 in. (1.6 × 6.7 × 6.8 cm); Inner box lid .7 H: 5/16 × W: 2 5/8 × D: 2 11/16 in. (0.8 × 6.7 × 6.8 cm); Overall inner box .8 & .9 H: 13/16 × W: 2 5/8 × D: 2 1/2 in. (2 × 6.6 × 6.3 cm); Inner box base .8 H: 5/8 × W: 2 5/8 × D: 2 1/2 in. (1.6 × 6.6 × 6.3 cm); Inner box lid .9 H: 5/16 × W: 2 5/8 × D: 2 1/2 in. (0.8 × 6.6 × 6.3 cm); Overall inner box .10 & .11 H: 3/4 × W: 2 5/8 × D: 2 1/2 in. (1.9 × 6.6 × 6.3 cm); Inner box base .10 H: 1/2 × W: 2 5/8 × D: 2 1/2 in. (1.2 × 6.6 × 6.3 cm); Inner box lid .11 H: 5/16 × W: 2 5/8 × D: 2 1/2 in. (0.8 × 6.6 × 6.3 cm)
Geographies
  • Japan (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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