Because this incense burner resembles an <i>akoda</i> melon, it is referred to as ""akoda"" or ""melon-shaped."" It is quite fetching in that it is small enough to fit in the palm of the hand, smaller than usual. It is decorated in the techniques of low relief <i>makie</i> (J., <i>hiramakie</i>) and of incising a design, called ""needle drawing"" (J., <i>harigaki</i>) on a ""pear-skin"" ground (J., <i>nashiji</i>). Arranged on this ground are scattered crests of cherry blossoms, pinks, mandarin oranges, chrysanthemums, bamboo grass, and flowers with lozenge-shaped petals, which are not actual family crests but designs popular at the beginning of the Edo period (1615-1868). The lining of the incense burner and the basket-weave cover are made of pierced bronze.