A whimsical studio porcelain censer modeled as a crouching rabbit in brilliant white-enameled glaze, its pierced cover seamlessly fitted.
In a soft, stylized manner, this rabbit is perfectly formed, the incised detailing and translucent blue and pink enamels barely perceptible. (The rabbit is associated with the folk tale of the "Rabbit and the Moon", a beloved story often portrayed in Japanese art. This theme was also representative of the samurai code and depicted on sword fittings and samurai accoutrements - signifying nobility and self-sacrifice.) This porcelain censer is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or restoration and includes tomobako.
Makuzu Kozan incised mark on base.
Height: 4.75", length: 5"
Meiji Period, Japan