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Japanese Antique Fan Shaped Lacquer Kogo Box

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Japanese Antique Fan Shaped Lacquer Kogo Box
Antique Japanese small kogo box (for incense) in the shape of two fans, decorated all over with a nostalgic rural scene most likely referring to a love poem in which a lonely monk listens to the pounding sounds of the kinuta as women beat flat wet cloth near a river side, the images on the outside of the box all run together in a poetic narrative. In addition, the views evoke the titles of Noh plays composed by the noted producer of Noh theater, Zeami where he wrote the plays, kinuta and Saigyo zakura. The various motifs are allusions to various Noh plays, the fan is often used in performances. When all the allusions and motifs are combined, the incense container is invoking the aesthetic of yugen, which Zeami used often in his plays. Yugen which roughly translated as mysterious or containing some aura ; the inside of the box is decorated with a scene of birds on peach branches executed all in gold with raised peaches and inlaid bits on gold in branches all on a nishiji so fine and dense it appears solid, Meiji Period. Size: 4 1/4" wide x 1 1/4" high.

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