Incense Box: Seto Ware

Incense Box: Seto Ware

1200s-1300s

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Glazed stoneware

Diameter: 6 cm (2 3/8 in.); Overall: 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Sherman E. Lee 1975.170

Description

Old Seto, also called Koseto ware, was typically coated with an ash glaze in the mineral feldspar, which produced a yellow or grayish-green glaze. This palette appealed to medieval Buddhist priests and samurai alike. The practice of burning incense in religious, court, and domestic settings dates from the early 700s in Japan.

See also
Collection: 
Japanese Art
Department: 
Japanese Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic

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