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Blue-and-white porcelain incense box with qilin, Izushi ware

Terayashiki kiln江戸時代後期

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University

Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
Kyoto, Japan

Kōgō is an incense container use for burning incense and decorative purpose at tea ceremonies. This particular example comes with detailed brushed painting of a kirin (qílín in Chinese), a mythical divine creature said to appear whenever an emperor in China ruled with benevolence. On the inside of the lid are written the words Tanseki-jo, Shōryūken sei (made by Shōryūken, Izushi Castle town, Tajma), probably indicating that this is an example of Terayashiki Kiln pottery.

Details

  • Title: Blue-and-white porcelain incense box with qilin, Izushi ware
  • Creator: Terayashiki kiln
  • Date Created: 江戸時代後期
  • Location Created: Shōryūken Kiln, Izushi Castle town
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 3.0 cm
  • Original Source: The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
  • Rights: The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo

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