This serpentine stone displays a yellowish buff color against a mottled blackish tone to produce a mountainous landscape effect. It is tubular in form and set upon 3 carved feet. It has a soft polish on the both the exterior and interior. The base is unpolished and exhibits its original carved surface. There are several small chips and evidence of wear around the rim, otherwise it is in good condition. It was likely used to hold short incense sticks. Acquired from a North Carolina estate in the mid 1980s.
Height: 3 ¼ in., Diameter: 1 5/8 in.
In the style of Ogata Korin, this tall-sided tray is lacquered black over a wood core. The decoration is rendered in raised lacquer in the Rinpa School manner after Korin. It displays a gnarled stump of a plum tree sending out shoots with blossoms and buds raised in gold lacquer, as well a inlaid flowers and buds in iridescent abalone mother of pearl. There are separations visible in the lacquer where the side walls join the base and a horizontal crack in the wood base visible in the lower third of the scene. These are particular visible on the underneath side. There are also various small nicks to the rim from use.
Width: 11 1/4 in. square, Height: 2 3/8 in.