Antique Japanese Lacquered Incense Box Kobako

Antique Japanese Lacquered Incense Box Kobako
Antique Japanese Lacquered Incense Box Kobako
Antique Japanese Lacquered Incense Box Kobako
Antique Japanese Lacquered Incense Box Kobako
Antique Japanese Lacquered Incense Box Kobako
Antique Japanese Lacquered Incense Box Kobako
Antique Japanese Lacquered Incense Box Kobako
Antique Japanese Lacquered Incense Box Kobako

Antique Japanese Lacquered Incense Box Kobako
An old lacquered small box that was likely used to contain incense powder (it is called Kobako), circa Momoyama to early Edo period (17th century). The square form box with a fitted lid of a slight dome shape features rounded corners and a subtle conforming inner line framing the design.

The surface was decorated with Maki-e painting of plum flowers with silver/pewter inlayed petals, pine branches and holly berries, all set on a dense nashiji background. The underside of the lid showcases the insignia of chrysanthemum, historically reserved for the imperial household, and also a pair of family crests of flowering paulownia.

The interior as well as the base were finished in the conforming dense nashiji. The rim of this box was covered with rather wide and heavy lead trim.

This box is likely dated to 17th century, late Momoyama to the early Edo period. It presents with a strong sense of age and gracefulness. Height: 2 in (5.08 cm). Width: 3 in (7.62 cm).

Depth: 3 in (7.62 cm). This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Other Japanese Antiques". The seller is "gallery-t" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.


Antique Japanese Lacquered Incense Box Kobako