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A LACQUER INCENSE BOX (KOBAKO)

MEIJI PERIOD (LATE 19TH CENTURY)

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A LACQUER INCENSE BOX (KOBAKO)
meiji period (late 19th century)
Of rectangular form and containing two smaller boxes which nest alongside each other, the exterior with kinji ground decorated on the lid in iro-e takamaki-e and gold togidashi with a scene that may represent Kosagi, one of the paragons of filial piety, stooping at the foot of the Yoro waterfall to gather its miraculous sake in a gourd as the emperor and an attendant look on, the two inner boxes lacquered on the lids in gold togidashi on a roiro ground with cottages in a hilly landscape, the sides of the two boxes kinji, the interiors and bases of the three boxes nashiji
4 1/8 x 3¼ x 1 3/8in. (10.4 x 8.2 x 3.3cm.)
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