Incense container in shape of a crane by the Bizen artist Uragami Zenji. Bizen pottery has a long tradition of ”saikumono” (”sculptured things”), such as Chinese zodiac figures or Japanese deities. However, this type of production has reduced since Meiji era, and only a few Bizen potters continue to make them nowadays.
The condition of the kogo is perfect. It is signed on the reverse and comes in an inscribed wooden box, with a certificate.
Dimensions: about 7 cm (2.8 in) long, 4.3 cm (1.7 in) wide and 5 cm (2 in) high
Uragami Zenji (1914-2006) was born in Okayama Prefecture. He studied the art of Bizen pottery under Nishimura Shunko from 1930, and then wood carving and drawing. He participated in many exhibitions, such as the Bunten Exhibition in 1938 and the Salon in Paris in 1970 and 1973, where he received respectively the bronze and the gold prize. He was made holder of Okayama Prefectural Important Intangible Cultural Property in 1973.