Harold P. Stern, The Magnificent Three: Lacquer, Netsuke and Tsuba, Selections from the Collection of Charles A. Greenfield, exh. cat. (New York: Japan Society, 1972), boxes, no. 26.
Andrew J. Pekarik, Japanese Lacquer, 1600-1900, Selections from the Charles A. Greenfiled Collection, exh. cat. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1980), fig. 22.
Though the surface gold lacquer has largely been worn away, it can be argued that this has improved the appearance of this incense container. Originally completely covered in sprinkled gold powder, the surface has gradually worn away with repeated handling, revealing the black and brown highlights beneath the surface. This box was made to be used during tea gatherings, and while the host added a chip of fragrant wood to the charcoal fire, guests would have inspected the box. Years of use have produced the pleasing patina.