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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Saga-Yaki Ceramic Koro Incense Burner by Saito Kairaku

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Bright over-glaze enamels decorate this Kanmuri (court-cap) shaped Koro incense burner by Saito Kairaku enclosed in the original signed wooden box and dating from the early 20th century. This is a classic court cap style which came to Japan in the earliest of times based on the native headwear of the Han Chinese. It bears both the Saga and Kairaku stamps of Saito Kairaku on the base. The Koro measures 18 x 16 x 18 cm (7-1/4 x 6-1/2 x 7-1/4 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Saga yaki was originally produced on the grounds of Tenryuji temple in Arashiyama in the late Edo period. It was revived in the early 20th century by Saito Kairaku who learned the plastic arts under the great Eiraku Wazen (1823-96). This piece is very much in the style of Eiraku wares.