Many of the lacquer utensils used by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and his wife Kodai-in, are preserved in the Kodai-ji temple, said to have been established in 1606 by Kodai-in as a mausoleum for her husband. The term Kodai-ji maki-e is used not only in relation to the objects of Hideyoshi's household but also to other lacquers in the same style and techniques from the same period, the latter part of the 16th century. The most elegant motifs used in the Kodai-ji maki-e style are the flowering grasses of autumn, of which this is an example. Others include pine, bamboo, maple, hagi [bush clover], kikyo [Chinese bellflower], kuzu [arrowroot], fujibakama [hemp agrimony] and ominaeshi [patrinia scabiosaefolia].
For an incense box with a similar subject see Yoshimura Motoo, Kodaiji Makie (Kyoto, 1971), no. 46.