A Bouquet of Incense Containers

The Nezu Museum

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Lidded containers for incense known as kogo are one of the most popular utensils used at tea gatherings. Chinese lacquerwares were initially used as incense containers, but with an increase in the popularity of tea culture, Japanese ceramics such as Kiseto and Shino wares, as well as old lacquer boxes with gold maki-e and mother-of-pearl inlay designs and new Chinese wares such as blue-and-white ceramics and celadons, were also adopted for used in tea gatherings. These containers were made from a wide range of materials, from lacquer to ceramics, and their shapes were also richly varied, limited not only to round and square containers, but even taking the form of animals and musical instruments. Incense containers can be said to be the most diverse of tea utensils. This exhibition features approximately 170 incense containers that show how their world blossomed.

Curator’s Slide Lecture
Dates: Mar. 9 (Fri) and Mar. 16 (Fri) 13:30–14:15
In Japanese. Please see the official website for details.



from February 22, 2018 to March 31, 2018



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