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Incense Burner with Lid

late 1300s
Overall: 7.7 x 10.8 cm (3 1/16 x 4 1/4 in.)
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This container's repeated, undulating, rounded sides evoke waves over which the articulated plovers sweep. The bronze cover (probably a later addition) mimics the design of a fishing weir. Overall, the container brings to mind the seashore. The earthy quality of the lacquered surface demonstrates the interaction between a man-made pattern (the plovers) and the somewhat unexpected surface of a natural material such as wood.
Incense Burner with Lid

Incense Burner with Lid

late 1300s

Japan, Nanbokuchō period (1336-92)

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