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Aventurine Lacquer Crane Design Maki-e Kōmakura

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  • Aventurine Lacquer Crane Design Maki-e Kōmakura
Latter Edo period W20cm
This wooden pillow with built-in incense burner was used to scent hair. On the sides of the inside box is a design of a flock of cranes in flight depicted in gold gilding on black lacquer. This type of pillow came into use in Japan in the Heian period (794-1185).