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A four stage lacquer Kogo incense case in austere black decorated with the 16 petal Imperial chrysanthemum and enclosed in the original wooden box signed Heian Manju-zo. Inside is superb Nashiji ground. It is 6.5 x 6 x 9 cm (roughly 2-1/2 square by 3-1/2 inches tall). This was made by Uesugi Manju and given as a gift to those who attended the ceremony of the first harvest held by the current emperor of Japan, the Heisei Emperor, in 1988. Inside the box lid is written:
Ju Kogo (stacking incense case)
Heisei Dai Jo-sai (First Harvest Festival Ceremony of Heisei)
Kenkogu no Uchi (One piece given as a gift)
Heian Manju Zo (Made by Manju of Kyoto)
Shimabi-So Nushi (the resident of the ShimabiPlace
Hoin Kohomare (a rank I believe).
The Lacquerworkshop of Uesugi Manju was established in the Eastern hills of Kyoto during the Meiji period, and is currently under the third generation. He g\began in the workshop under his father Mitsuru in 1967. He has won many awards, and is now passing on this family tradition to his son the fourth generation Manju-to-be.