The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures

Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.

Antique Japanese White Basket Koro Incense Burner

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Stoneware: Pre 1920: Item # 1396004

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The Kura
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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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An lightly glazed incense burner in the form of a chicken and chick inside a bamboo basket. The top of the chicken lifts out revealing the incense compartment. It is 14 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall (12.5 cm (5 inches) diameter. There are a two shallow chips where the birds body comes together (see close-ups) otherwise is in fine condition. Although works like this are notoriously difficult to identify for certain, the gritty aspect of the clay under the glaze is reminiscent of Izushi-yaki.
Izushi Yaki was a kiln area in Hyogo prefecture specializing in Hakuji wares reknowned for pierce-work and ornamental/figurative carving. A large deposit of suitable clay was discovered on the hereditary lands of the Izushi clan in the mid Edo period, and after inviting potters from Imari, Izushi-yaki was born. It went through many periods of popularity and decline alogn with the clan finances, leading up into the Meiji era. Improvemnts were made and a piece won a gold medal at the St. Louis World Exposition in 1904. It was recognized officialy as an important Traditional Craft (Dento Kogeihin) in 1980. .