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Aloeswood Lacquerware Incense Box With Inlaid Shell and Gold Gilding

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  • Aloeswood Lacquerware Incense Box With Inlaid Shell and Gold Gilding
Latter Edo period W13.7cm
This box, decorated with a design of flowing water, held fragrant wood mixtures and pastilles (round cakes of incense). It contains six inner boxes featuring patterned designs depicting stories from the Tale of Genji.

Sansui-style Raised Maki-e Three-tier Inlay Incense Box

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  • Sansui-style Raised Maki-e Three-tier Inlay Incense Box
Latter Edo period H7cm
The landscape design is created with gold and silver powder. The kakego inner box contains an incense burner tray and two small boxes. The box likely held pastille incense and fragrant woods.