A quatrefoil box for incense selection, 18th Century.

Decorated with stylised scrolling peonies and with bronze cord loops on  peony-shaped bases. The ostentatious decoration suggests that the box was made with foreign tastes in mind. However, from the delicate construction of the box, it could be that it was used domestically for storing utensils for the incense ceremony. Some Japanese during the Edo period may have had an unconventional taste for lavish decoration.


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