Museum quality Japanese Meiji Period (1868-1912) Satsuma tripod lidded Incense Burner (Koro). It is made by an important Satsuma artist Hasegawa. The Koro has two big and two smaller decorative shields depicting various designs: 6 men and 4 women, a river-scape, houses, trees, and people (one crossing a bridge); two smaller shields are decorated with blossomed Sakura. There are high-relieved gilded shi-shi heads as handles over 10-rimmed upper body of the Koro. The lid and a background of the Koro depict fine floral decorations. The lid has three heart-shaped holes for a smoke release. The Koro rests of three feet; there is a fine decoration with butterflies on the edge of the lower part of the Koro.
4 1/2" D x 4 1/4" tall.