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Incense Ceremony Tools and Box

Nakamoto, Japanese (active Choshu)

Made in Japan, Asia

Edo Period (1615-1868)


Wood and metal with lacquer and gilt decoration

Box (a,b): 3 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches (9.5 x 29.8 x 17.1 cm) Cutting Block (c; width): 3 1/8 inches (7.9 cm) Saw (d; length): 10 7/8 inches (27.6 cm) Mallet (e; length): 8 inches (20.3 cm) Knife (f; length): 8 3/8 inches (21.3 cm) Small Chisel (g; length): 5 inches (12.7 cm) Large Chisel (h; length): 5 3/4 inches (14.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Henry B. Keep Fund, 1988

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The round cutting block, saw, chisels, mallet, and knife contained in this box are tools used for preparing incense. A popular pastime among the aristocrats of early Japan was a game that tested their skills in matching various incenses by their fragrance.