A peach-shaped Japanese export lacquer incense container, late 17th/early 18th Century.

The incense box, or kogo, is 2.8cm high and 8.5cm in diameter.

The 1835 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Japan Closet, Japan in the Glass case opposite the door(s), sic, A Leaf Shaped Box GJ.’

The 1867 Burghley Inventory records: ‘Cabinets, No 88 Japan Closet, A gold japan leaf shaped box.’

Now described as peach-shaped, it is quite possible that this box was considered leaf-shaped in the 19th Century.

Exhibited: ‘Export Lacquer: Reflection of the West in Black & Gold Makie.’ 2008, Kyoto Museum & Suntory Museum, Tokyo, Cat. No.218.


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