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Crane-shaped incense container, overglaze enamels and gold

Nonomura NinseiEdo period, latter half of 17th century

Suntory Museum of Art

Suntory Museum of Art
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

This incense burner is in the gracious shape of a Japanese red-crowned crane, which bestows long life. In the natural curve of its beak and neck and the gentle swelling of its plumage, the skilled hand of Ninsei has captured the essence of the crane in a magnificently shaped piece. The beak and tail are painted in iron pigment over the opaque whitish ground, the feathers in gold, and the crown of the head in red for a muted effect that enhances the nobility of the bird. The interior is glazed in turguoise blue. The left side of the unglazed base bears the embossed seal of Ninsei.

Details

  • Title: Crane-shaped incense container, overglaze enamels and gold
  • Creator: Nonomura Ninsei
  • Date Created: Edo period, latter half of 17th century
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w77 x h97 x d34 cm
  • Object Width (English): 7.7 cm (Major axis)
  • Object Title (Japanese): 色絵鶴香合
  • Object Height (English): 9.7 cm
  • Object Depth (English): 3.4 cm (Short axis)
  • Object Date (English): Edo period, latter half of 17th century
  • Category (Japanese): 陶磁器
  • Artist Name (Japanese): 野々村仁清
  • Type: Ceramics
  • Rights: Suntory Museum of Art, Suntory Museum of Art

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