Kodansu with shell

Japanese incense cabinet kodansu in wood veneered with tortoise shell on its different sides and the three drawer fronts that compose it. Interior of the door and drawers in black lacquer.
Floral decoration in hiramaki-e lacquer of gold and kirigane lacquer on the different faces, the drawer fronts and the interior of the door. These are peony flowers, maple leaves, cherry blossoms, daylilies and irises. Two butterflies on the inner door. Nashi-ji lacquer edges.
Fittings and handle made of shibuichi, an alloy of silver and copper. Handles with cherry blossom pattern.

This kodansu, designed to hold the utensils used in incense games, is of great refinement. It evokes several flowers specific to the Japanese imagination. Their symbolism is multiple, among others the ephemeral character of beauty (cherry blossom) or the protective force (peony). It is a true ode to nature, and in particular to spring, the season of renewal.

Japan – Meiji Era (1868-1912)
Height 3.03 in. (7.7 cm) – Length 3.85 in. (9.8 cm) – Width 2.56 in. (6.5 cm)