hexagonal box with two swimming trout on lid; bubble motif in tiny gold flecks; other gold flecks in background

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(Incense box with decor of sweetfish), 1998

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In tea gatherings, burning incense is often a preparatory act, meant to create a welcoming mood as the guests enter the tea room. As such, the incense box (kōgō) may be shown in the display alcove (tokonoma), or left in the waiting area (sotomachiai) for the contemplation of the guests. The sweetfish design on this incense box is executed in takamaki-e, and the sheen of its scales is achieved with gradients of sprinkled gold powder. The rough surface of the river stones is rendered in silver and gold kirigane, while bubbles of mother-of-pearl inlay subtly enhance the movement.

Details
Title
(Incense box with decor of sweetfish)
Artist Life
born 1966
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2013.29.895a,b
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hexagonal box with two swimming trout on lid; bubble motif in tiny gold flecks; other gold flecks in background

© Yamazaki Mushū

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