An old Japanese lacquered small box likely used to contain incense powder called Kobako, circa Momoyama to early Edo period (16-17th century). The rectangular form box with a fitted lid has the characters of earlier box dated back to Momoyama era, with a robust construction with thicker wall and a rather heavy rims made of lead. The box features rounded corners and a subtle conforming inner line framing the designs.The hiramakie technique was used to depict seven hexagonal shape containing mons of four petals. Honeycomb or tortoiseshell like, they form intriguing groupings on a nashiji background. The interior, as well as the base, were finished in a darker nashiji. Provenance: Christie's London: Japanese Art and Design, May 14th, 2008. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Other Japanese Antiques".
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