Here is an elegant kogo (incense box) made in the sometsuke style (white porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue designs). Sometsuke pottery seems to have originated in the Middle East and Persia, but it is in China, and later, Japan that the techniques have attained their highest levels and that produced works have been the most remarkable.
This particular piece made in the shape of a mikan (mandarin) presents the refined patterns of the Kyo-yaki (Kyoto ware) tradition. Around the body of the box small, sceneries such as those found on classic calligraphy scrolls are depicted in sublime details.
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The incense box probably dates from the middle of the 20th century. Both kogo and box are signed Heian Hoppo and are in excellent condition.
Dimensions: 6.1 x 4.3cm (2.44 x 1.72 in); 101g (3.54 oz)
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