A beautiful Koro (incense burner) is a great representative of the beauty of Japanese Satsuma pottery, a more than four hundred year old tradition. Like many others, that tradition was born at the end of the 16th century, after Japanese warlords came back from Korea with Korean potters and their techniques to be used to make ware, especially tea ceremony ware, for their private use. After having been exposed at the Paris International Exhibition in 1867, Satsuma pottery became a popular export to Europe.
This splendid koro has the shape and some of the motifs of a famous piece exhibited in the Shoku Seikan museum near the city of Kagoshima, Japan. It is made in traditional white porcelain with an ivory glaze and finely hand decorated in red, green, blue and gold enamels. Most of the body and lid are reticulated in a style that is often associated with Satsuma pottery. The koro was made in the Iso Oniwayaki kiln located in that city, in the southernmost part of the island of Kyushu, birthplace of Satsuma pottery.
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The koro bears the kiln’s seal and is in perfect condition. It will be shipped in a signed box.
Dimensions: 9 x 12.5 cm (3.6 x 5.2 in)
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