A pair of Japanese export lacquer shell-shaped incense containers, late 17th Century.

The lid of each container is decorated with a landscape and a pavilion in flat and raised makie with gold and aokin on a black lacquer ground: the sides with lilies and trailing floral sprays, 8cm.

Exhibited: ‘Export Lacquer: Reflection of the West in Black & Gold Makie.’ 2008, Kyoto Museum & Suntory Museum, Tokyo, Cat. No.199.


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