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A Fine Satsuma Koro -Procession - Meiji

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A Fine Satsuma Koro -Procession - Meiji
This handsome koro (incense burner) has an intricate design of a procession winding around the globular body. The procession starts in the lower part of the koro and winds its way upwards. In the procession we can count over 50 individual attendants - flag carriers and a man on horseback. About halfway up one can see a palanquin or sedan chair - called a Kago in Japanese. (see footnote). The sedan chair must have held a person of some importance to rate such a large retinue. The koro stands on three legs with gold highlights. The lid consists of a pierced cover decorated with cloud scrolls.

There is a gold signature on the bottom that translates as Gyozan.The Koro measures 3 1/2:"diameter at the waist and is 3 7/8 high with the lid on. When you look inside you can see the stains of old burned incense showing that the koro had extensive usage. It is in excellent condition - there is one small stable hairline on the rim of the lid. We date the piece to the Meiji period, circa 1875-1890s.

Foot Note - Kago (Kanji: 駕籠, Hiragana: かご) were often used in Japan to transport the non-samurai citizen. Norimono were used by the warrior class and nobility, most famously during the Tokugawa period when regional samurai were required to spend a part of the year in Edo (Tokyo) with their families, resulting in yearly migrations of the rich and powerful (Sankin-kōtai) to and from the capital along the central backbone road of Japan.

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