Late Meiji - early Taisho (1890s - 1910s) Japanese Arita round porcelain kogo (covered box for incense during tea ceremony) with sometsuke (underglaze blue and white) decoration. Painted in underglaze blue in Shonsui style: initial Shonsui ware is Chinese blue and white porcelain imported to Japan starting in the reign of Tianqi Emperor (1621-1627). Starting from the 18th century Arita kilns have been producing their own items in Shonsui style. The cover is painted with a central roundel containing SHOW (long life) character, and 6 sectors with different brocade patterns radiating to the edges and continuing on the base of the kogo. Beautifully painted, wonderful patina, overall in excellent condition. Diameter 2 inches, height 1 3/8 inches. Part of a small East Coast kogo collection.