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A house-shaped okimono from the Bairin kilns in Otsu in the shape of a thatch-roofed house (Kuzuya) complete with a front porch and plenty of vents from which the smoke could escape. This is the type of okimono known also as a fuse koro which would have been placed over a small dish or metal stand containing burning incense. The smoke would have escaped through the doors, windows and out through vents in the roof. It is roughly 8 x 3 x 6 inches (21 x 8 x 16 cm) and is in very good condition but for one very old dark chpi on the corner of the step. This comes in an antique wooden box titled Zeze-yaki Bairin-gama Kuzuya Okimono. The front of one side of the box has been eaten by insects.
Bairin Yaki was a resurrection of the ancient Omi style of ceramic called Zeze favored by Kobori Enshu and Honami Koetsu. Zeze Yaki died out in the mid 1600s, but was reestablished by Odawara Ihe-e sometime during the Tenmei Era (1781-1789), with brighter colors. It was, however not long lived, and appears to have died out again sometime in the 1840s. It was again revitalized in the Late Edo and Meiji eras under the name Seta-yaki, and again the lineage died in the Taisho period. An unusual opportunity for the collector of Japanese ceramics.