Meiji Bijutsu

Edo Period Raku Koro by Raku Kichizaemon IX (Ryonyu)

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: Item # 1175468
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Here is a wonderful antique koro (incense burner), the top of which is a Chinese Ming Dynasty piece for which the ninth bearer of the Raku name, Ryonyu (1756-1834) made a recipient.

The Raku style of pottery is a Kyoto tradition born more than four hundred years ago. It was created by Chojiro (? – 1589), a Kyoto potter, under the guidance of Sen-no-rikyu (1522-1591), a tea master, to cater to his needs for tea bowls that would echo the principles he set for the tea ceremony. This particular piece is made in the image of a shishi, a lion in both Japanese and Chinese folklores. The shishi stands on the lid of the incense burner. As you can see in the pictures, two holes in that lid allow the scented smoke to come out in front of the lion and from its mouth, creating a wonderful and mysterious sight.

The right ear and the tail of the shishi have been repaired in gold and lacquer and the left ear seems to have broken off after it had been repaired. Otherwise, the koro is in great condition and bears the sign of the potter (see picture).

Please inquire if you have some questions.

The koro will be shipped in a wooden box signed by Raku Kichizaemon X. Dimensions: 8.2 x 9.7 cm (3.28 x 3.88 in)

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