Lacquer incense box with insects and spiderweb


A circular lacquer kōbako (incense box), the exterior worked in takamaki-e and hiramaki-e with the details in mother-of-pearl depicting various insects including butterflies, dragonflies, praying mantis, crickets, and beetle on an okihirame ground, the inside of the cover depicting a spider on the web with a dragonfly, a butterfly and maple leaves, the interior with further butterflies on a nashiji ground.

Signed on the base Jōkasai at the age of seventy-eight
Edo period (1615-1868), circa 1850
H 6.3 cm Diameter 11.1 cm

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