Incense case with Guri design

unknown15-16th century, Ming dynasty

Tachibana Museum

Tachibana Museum

In the manner of the tea ceremony, the lacquer incense case is used during the Furo season (from May to October) for keeping one centimeter-square chip of fragrant wood.
This incense case has a round shape with a flat lid and is decorated with a kind of spiral design called “guri-mon”, which is consisted of combining arabesque pattern. It is made by a lacquer carving technique that is applied with eight layers of black and red lacquer alternately, the surface of which is carved to create the pattern. The elaborate layers of black and red can be seen along the carved lines, those are the features of this piece. This guri design gives a powerful and sharp impression. It was made in China during the Ming Dynasty.

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  • Title: Incense case with Guri design
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: 15-16th century, Ming dynasty