An incense case made by Mashimizu Zoroku IV and decorated by Murakami Jikai, head Priest of Rokuonji in Kyoto (Known for the gold pavilion called locally Kinkakuji), enclosed in the original wooden box dating from 1987. It is 2-1/2 inches (6.5 cm) diameter and in fine condition.
Murakami Jikai was born in 1902 in Aichi Prefecture and received ordination in 1916 at Rokuon-ji (better known as the Golden Pavilion). After receiving a degree in philosophy from Ōtani University he trained at Tenryū-ji Monastery and subsequently assumed the abbacy of Rokuon-ji. He also served as Secretary General of Shōkoku-ji and abbot of Jishō-ji
Mashimizu Zoroku IV was born the first son of the third generation Zoroku in Kyoto in 1933. He studied at the Kansai Art University before apprenticing under his father, taking the family name in 1971. He made this Kogo for the Grand Tea Ceremony held at Rokuonji in 1987 in commemoration of the rebuilding of the gold temple after an arson attack.