Antique 19th century Meiji period Japanese Kutani porcelain incense burner Koro and cover, of compressed cylindrical body, with upright handles, resting on three feet, modeled in the form of stylised elephant heads. The front side decorated with delicately hand painted coloured enamel and gold, with a cartouche depicting the Japanese goddess of mercy, Kannon Bosatsu, amongst clouds flanked by cranes, the rear decorated with a cartouche enclosing birds in a flowering garden. A domed cover surmounted by a finely formed and gold painted Buddhist guardian lion, Shishi. Signed by the artist in gold on a red panel on the interior of the cover.
DIMENSIONS: Height: 14 cm (5 1/2 in). Width: 9 cm (3 1/2 in).
CONDITION: In good condition, no chips, cracks or repairs.
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