A small cabinet for incense ceremony lacquered in hiramaki-e, togidashi and tsuishu takamaki-e. Silver fittings.

Edo period, 19th century

9.8 by 7 by 7.9 cm

The small rectangular chest is decorated with red lobsters of thick vermilion lacquer (tsuishu) on a kinji ground. The interior of the hinged door is inlaid in mother-of-pearl (raden) with seashells on a nashiji ground, while the faces of the three drawers show a design of stylized waves.

Small cabinets like this were originally used for the incense ceremony to store the elements used for a game of identification of different blends of incense.

The lobster is an auspicious subject, as it is a symbol of longevity (curve like the back of an old man) and red is the color of vitality.

Sku. LAC-924


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