Incense Ceremony Box (Kobako)

This rectangular, gold-decorated, copper covered box is in the form of two intersecting boxes. The central decoration of a an elderly man facing a young child holding a plum branch may be an allusion to the artist-poet Sugaware-no-Michizane, chancellor to the 9th century Emperor Daigo. The box, intended for use during the incense game, is decorated in several colours of gold.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Neil B. Ivory

Copper alloy inlaid with gold
4.7 x 8.8 x 7 cm
© The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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