An Hirado incense burner of squat globular form with three scroll feet and lion mask handles with a high domed reticulated cover surmounted by a Shishi and ball filial. The body of the koro decorated in underglaze blue with a Chinese “ko sometsuke” style landscape.
The censer is in good condition without chips, restoration, but there are some firing flaws notably to the juncture of the legs and to the body of the koro, and a minor firing crack to the rim. The koro has a lean to one side, of approximately 2.5mm; presumably it originally had a stand which would have corrected this fault. This would appear to be a comparatively early example of Hirado ware and no later in date than the mid 18C judging by the cobalt blue and the mode of construction. The body of the koro appears to have been formed in a press mould, as shown by the finger marks to the interior. The mask and feet have been attached separately and additional details added by hand.
The Koro measures 16cm high, including the cover, 9cm without the cover, and is 11cm in diameter. It weighs 453gm. Additional images on request. Shipping at Cost.