A manju-shaped box and cover, late 17th/early 18th Century.

This incense box is in the shape of a manju, a traditional round Japanese sweetmeat. It is decorated with branches of plum blossom and pine shoots, complete with roots. Inside the lid is an encoded inscription in ink. This piece may have been selected for export from a lot originally destined for the domestic market, diameter 8.2cm, height 4.3cm.

1835 Inventory: “Japan Closet, Glass case opposite the window, Two round Boxes. Black & Gold”. (See JWA 09073).

1867 Inventory: “Cabinets, No 88 Japan Closet, 2 black and gold japan circular boxes”. (See JWA 09073.


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