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Box for an incense game (kōbako) eighteenth century

Black, gold and silver lacquer on wood | 17.0 x 23.0 x 18.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 3484

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Incense appreciation was an ancient mark of aristocratic refinement, governed by strict rules of etiquette. This set contains equipment for a game in which participants identify different woods based on their fragrance. Matching sets like these might be included in a wealthy bride’s trousseau.