unembellished cup with lid and saucer; small finial on top of lid

Container for rubbing incense, 14th century

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Rubbing incense (zukō)—powdered incense mixed with liquid to form a thick paste—has several ritual uses in Buddhism. It is applied to the body and also to icons to remove any uncleanness. It is also offered to the Buddha as one of the Five Types of Offerings (go-kuyō), along with incense, foodstuff, candles, and adornments. Containers for rubbing incense, like this gilt bronze example, are thus essential implements in Buddhist ritual.

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Title
Container for rubbing incense
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Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.432a-c
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 815
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unembellished cup with lid and saucer; small finial on top of lid