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Camellia Design Incense Burner


  • Camellia Design Incense Burner
Mid-Edo Period, 18th Century W11cm
Incense burner with camellia design, maki-e lacquer. On the side of the plump, pumpkin-shaped burner, camellia flowers and leaves are depicted in fold and silver powder sprinkled on a pearskin lacquer background. Since the shape is similar to that of a type of pumpkin called akoba-uri, it is also referred to as an akoba-kohro(akoba incense burner). It has a gold-plated bronze mesh chimney with a woven bamboo pattern.

Spherical Incense Burner


  • Spherical Incense Burner
Late Edo Period, 19th Century H8cm
Spherical incense burner with design of waves and rabbits, gold and silver maki-e lacquer. The surface is decorated with a motif of frolicking rabbits and waves depicted in gold and silver powder. This spherical incense burner is designed so that regardless of which way it is oriented, the censer is always kept level. Since it can be inserted in a sleeve of a kimono, it is also called a sode-kohro (sleeve incense burner).

Incense Burner with Handle


  • Incense Burner with Handle
Edo Period, 19th Century L35cm
Incense burner with handle, alloy of copper and gold. This piece consists of a circular censer with lotus petals engraved around it supported on a pedestal and equipped with a handle, the end of which is also supported by a a lotus-shapped pedestal. Such incense burners with a handle are used for burning incense in front of a Buddhist altar, for scenting Buddhist scriptures with fragrance when conduction memorial service, for purifacation of the priest himself, etc.

Hanging Incense Burner


  • Hanging Incense Burner
Edo Period, 19th Century D16cm
Kiyomizu porcelain in Chinese style became the mainstream of Kyoto ware in the Bunka and Bunsei eras (1804-29). This hanging incense burner, with it's openwork of a phoenix and a cloud motif arabesque pattern, also followed this trend. It was hung in a room and used for soradaki (means "empty burning," or burning incense for pleasure), to suffuse the space with fragrance.

Elephant-Shaped Incense Burner


  • Elephant-Shaped Incense Burner
Edo Period H19cm
Elephant-shaped incense burner decorated with iro-e. An old Kiyomizu ware containing an imprint of Ninsei. The exquisitely-made figure of an elephant with it's trunk and golden tusks pointing upwards. It forms an incense burner with a cover whose knob is formed by a young boy sitting sideways on a saddle decorated with blue, red, green, black and gold iro-e (polychrome overglaze enameling). The balance of the iro-e and other elements indicates that this is a piece in the style of Nonomura Ninsei. In fact, there is an imprint of Ninsei on the belly of the elephant.

Silver Incense Burner


  • Silver Incense Burner
Late Edo Period, 19th Century H11cm
Silver incense burner with Shibayama-style inlay. This three-legged, silver incense burner. It has a flower and bird design on the front and a butterfly and chrysanthemum design on the rear, crafted in mother-of -pearl inlay. The imprint of Masamitsu can be seen on the underside of this piece.

Kinkohsan Ware Incense Burner


  • Kinkohsan Ware Incense Burner
Late Edo Period, 19th Century H11cm
Incense burner with design of landscapes, flowers and birds of the four seasons, Kinkohsan Ware. This piece was produced by the Kinkohsan kiln, which was an official purveyor of bowls to the Tokugawa shogunate. It has four legs, which is rare for an incense burner, and pictures on each of the four sides. The refined and noble appearance of this piece shows the advanced techniques of the Kinkohsan kiln.