Objet phare des musées de Grasse
International Perfume Museum
Twentieth century, Japan
Inv. 04 60
The use of incense in Japan formed part of traditions and followed rituals as refined as the tea ceremony and the art of the bouquet. Appearing in Japan in the sixth century, the koh-do or " incense ceremony " peaked during the Edo period (1600-1868). This art took the form of a set consisting of identifying mixtures of aromatic woods which are consumed by their odours, and associating them with symbols.