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19c Japanese bronze incense game box Tokugawa crest

19c Japanese bronze incense game box Tokugawa crest


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Metalwork: Pre 1900: Item # 1324935
Dmitry Levit Asian Art
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Rather unusual 19th century Japanese bronze box for use in the incense game, when the player was blindfolded and given an incense to identify. Three cutouts on the top are made in a shape of paulownia crest used by the Tokugawa Shogun family. The paulownia crest was Imperial and represented the Emperor, but it could be bestowed on someone whose service to the throne was most important. Shoguns Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi were using it before Tokugawa. Beautifully shaped sides both of the top and bottom halves, wonderful coppery patina, original silk storage bag. Great object in perfect condition. Length 2 3/16 inches, 1 inch wide, 1/4 inches high.