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.
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Large Antique Japanese Kutani Aka-e Koro Incense Burner

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Porcelain: Pre 1920: Item # 1424660

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Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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Rakan Buddhist sages (Arahats) congregate in their colorful robes on the gold body of this large Meiji period Koro from Kutani capped with a strikingly beautiful shishi lion. The Rakan is one who has broken the chain of re-birth and overcome the three poisons of desire, hatred and ignorance. It is a popular theme in both Chinese and Japanese art, often depicted in groups of 16 in Japan (Juroku Rakan). The Koro is magnificent, standing 27 cm (10-1/2 inches) tall, 21 cm (8 inches) diameter and in excellent condition. It comes enclosed in a box annotated by Futaba Wataru of the Nomi Kutani Ceramics Museum. According to the museum: The history of Kutani ceramics dates back to the early Edo period, around 1655 when Maeda Toshiharu, the first Lord of Daishoji focused his attention on the development of pottery. Toshiharu dispatched Goto Saijiro, who had been engaging in mining development and industry, to Hizen Arita, so that he could master their pottery technique. For reasons still shrouded in mystery, the kilns in Kutani suddenly ceased production in the early 1700s. Around the turn of the 18th century, approximately 80 years after the vanishing of Ko-Kutani, the revival era of Kutani began with the opening of the Kasugayama kiln in Kanazawa. Many different kilns appeared, each with their own style of design.