A Japanese lacquer incense box, or kogo, with canted corners, late 17th Century.

The small rectangular box has a slightly raised lid
decorated with a design of a pavilion and huts in a rural landscape in flat makie, thinly raised makie and gold cut foil on a black lacquer ground.

The sides have sprays of daffodils, plum blossom and chrysanthemum, in gold thinly raised makie, using brown lacquer with powder made of gold foil. 8.1cm.

The decoration appears to have been executed in a quick and spontaneous manner; the box probably intended for export.


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