Incense Clock | Japanese Antique


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Incense Clock -  Cases like this one were used as timers for various refined activities during the Edo Period.   Incense powder was arranged in a snaking shape in the ash filled top section.   The incense would burn at a constant rate and the smoke would change from one hole in the grill to another over time.   Clocks like this were used for keeping track of time during prayers,  during time with Geisha and other events.  This set also includes the forms and tools for laying out the incense.   
  • Keyaki - Japanese Elm
  • In original patina
  • 19th Century
  • 9.5" x 15.5" x 9.5" (width, height, depth)
Conserved by Shibui for the Northern American climate.

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