A magnificent koro (incense burner), designed in a most delicate fashion; probably one requiring some of the highest skills. It is an Imari ware, from the legendary Arita kilns of Kyushu, where some of the finest porcelains have been made since the beginning of the 17th century. This particular item dates from the end of end of the 19th century, the Meiji period (1868-1912).
The koro is decorated in sublime details with a palette of rich colors. The exquisitely carved motifs of phenixes and dragons add to the noble character of this precious porcelain objet.
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The koro is in very good condition considered its age and delicateness. There is an innocent crack visible on picture 12. The incense box will be shipped in an antique fitted box.
Dimensions: 9 x 11.5 cm (3.6 x 4.6 in), weight 339g (11.9 oz)
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EMS shipping charges (with insurance and tracking): $41
Please be aware there might be some delay receiving clearance from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs to ship the koro outside of Japan (standard procedure for valuable antique artifacts).
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