Satsuma Incense Burner by Kizan, late 19th century


Title: Satsuma incense burner with pierced metal cover
Artist: Kizan in Satsuma (est. 1836)
Date: late 19th century
Dimensions: (D)11.6 x (W)116. x (H) 9 cm

Original Japanese antique.

Satsuma koro (incense burner) finely decorated with an array of flowers.

Kodo, the art of appreciating Japanese incense is counted as one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement, along with kado for flower arrangement, and chado for tea and the tea ceremony.

Typical Meiji Satsuma is a creamy glazed earthenware, covered with miniature decorative motifs, such as women, samurai, Japanese gods or immortals, as well as flowers, animals and landscapes. These images were elaborately produced by hand: painted in enamel, glazed, gilded, and finally fired in a kiln.

Characterized by detailed landscapes and decorative motifs, satsuma ceramics were a new form of intricate artwork. The early artworks were so detailed that one would need the aid of a magnification glass to appreciate the fine miniature paint-work.

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Dimensions(D)11.6 x (W)116. x (H) 9 cm
Condition ReportMetal lid discoloured, wear on the bottom of each leg and some gilt loss due to age, minor stains, minor firing flaws.
SubjectFlowers & Botanical
Product Datelate 19th century