A chiselled bronze perfume burner with a brown patina taking the appearance of three eggplants, the first one spherical in shape, serving as a container, and the other two smaller and piriform, forming a support.
The eggplant is a vegetable that has been widely cultivated in Japan since ancient times. It is also a sign of good luck. According to the Japanese tradition of hatsuyame, the first dream of the year, it is a good omen to dream of eggplants in third place (after Mount Fuji and falcons). The eggplant, or nasu is a homophone for the word “accomplish”.
The use of incense was introduced to Japan at the same time as Buddhism. From the 12th century onwards, courtiers became accustomed to perfuming themselves with incense, and used a small ornate lacquer box for their personal use. In the 16th century, incense was then used to purify the air in a tea room. An incense burner is placed in the alcove where incense is burned before the guests arrive. At the end of the Edo period, the incense burner becomes an essentially decorative object.
Japan – Meiji Era (1868 -1912)
Height : 4.34 inch – Width : 4.81 inch – Depth : 3.71 inch