Incense Container

Oribe type, Mino ware



Artist Oribe type, Mino ware
Period Momoyama period, early 17th century
Materials and techniques Stoneware with underglaze green and iron decoration
Size Overall H.4.3 D.5.0


Among Oribe ware are numerous pieces of unique incense containers made in a variety of shapes and decorations. This piece, which is small yet excellently crafted, is boldly cut in the kikkō (tortoise shell) shape and attached with a handle. Half of the container is covered with a thick coat of green glaze, while the other half has a coat of white slip over which drawings of a bamboo fence and a viny plant bearing berries have been rendered in underglaze iron. The brushwork is strong and brilliant, displaying the excellent skill of the artist.