Incense storage box


Artist: Yamamura Shinya (Japan, born 1960)
Historical period(s)
Heisei era, 2010
Lacquer on wood with gold, silver powder and turban shell
H x W x D (assembled): 6.1 × 8.4 × 5.4 cm (2 3/8 × 3 5/16 × 2 1/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Gordon J. Brodfuehrer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Container, Lacquer


Heisei era (1989 - present), incense, Japan, moon
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Gordon J. Brodfuehrer


Yamamura Shinya specializes in creating lacquer objects in sleek, modern shapes and decorating them with a variety of techniques that reflect his mastery of makie (gold and silver) and fine linear inlay of iridescent shell. This incense container exemplifies the innovative design and technical refinement that this artist expresses in lacquer.
This incense container suggests the form and luminosity of the moon. Resting on a curved base, the small open compartment for incense is completely covered by the overlapping lid, which is decorated with fine strips of iridescent turban shell carefully selected for color ranging from violet to green and set in black lacquer to form a smooth, shimmering linear pattern. The interior of the base and lid are decorated with gold makie, a decorative technique employing gold or silver powders and particles to create surface effects or pictorial designs. The underside of the base has an uneven texture created by building up lacquer and other materials before applying powdered silver that is unpolished to suggest the surface of the dark side of the moon.

Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with artist