Incense Clock (Joko-ban), Japanese, Taisho Period

In Buddhist temples time was kept by burning incense in time measuring devices which were adapted from the Buddhist "Avaokitesvara Seal." This joko-ban is in two parts, the upper tray holds the incense burning device and the lower part consists of a drawer that holds the tools to prepare the clock for operation. There are no tools in this piece. In very good condition.  

Further instructions to operate refer to Daruma Magazine 17, "Ima Nan-JI Desu Ka" (What Time Is It), a brief introduction to Japanese Clocks, p. 32.

Measures 9 1/2"H x 8" x 8"D.