Incense box (jinbako), Edo period (1615–1868), ca. 1830 Japan Maki-e decorated lacquer; on pear-skin (nashiji) background pine, bamboo, and cherry blossoms, and the Shimazu and Matsudaira family crests. This box for storing incense wood includes an inner tray and six small incense containers as well as wrapping papers for the aloe incense wood. The small boxes are decorated with patterns referring to chapters of the Tale of Genji.
Stationery box, Momoyama period early 17th century Japan Lacquer, with sprinkled gold decoration in Kodaiji style, inlaid with gold and silver foil. The bold designs and gorgeous floral decoration in sprinkled gold on the gold and black lacquerwork of this large box for writing paper are characteristic of lacquerware associated with Kodaiji. This temple, built in 1606 in memory of the great shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi by his widow, is the epitome of the lavish taste of the Momoyama age.