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Laquered Chest with Drawers for Incense (ko-dansu)

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Laquered Chest with Drawers for Incense (ko-dansu)


Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
black lacquer and mother of pearl inlay on wood

5 7/8 in. x 5 7/16 in. x 8 1/4 in. ( 15 cm x 13.8 cm x 20.9 cm )

Credit Line
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design

Label copy
Women fumigated their garments and rooms with fragrant incense regurlarly in ancient times. The chests are usually made of Paulownia wood and have drawers for storing incense. Incense burning was considered an important aspect of a lady's religious activities as well as her dressing process.

Primary Object Classification
Decorative Arts

Primary Object Type

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(Part of: Empires and Colonialism)
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