This JJapanese Vintage Kyoto Ware Pottery of a Kogo or case of a Puppy is about 30 years old. A kogo is a small Japanese box most often used to hold rolled incense balls in the traditional tea ceremony and other places of ceremony. Kogo make wonderful decorative objects for the home and to hold other small items in. This handmade hand-painted and hand glazed piece is an adorable and well designed motif of a puppy. Mellow yellow with small blended green glaze spots, it very much reminds us of some Seto ware colors and our golden retriever. It is in good condition with no cracks or chips. There is some glaze crazing which is a normal part and as a result of the kiln process like Satsuma ware. There is some glaze ware between the top and the bottom where they meet which is the area most often found with age wear, Regardless, it is a good piece. It is signed on the bottom by the potter, we do not know what it says as of yet. Hopefully we will be able to provide further information. Snails tails and puppy dog taiils, a great snarling puppy dog kogo or box
SIZE: Width 2.4" or 6.09 cm Length 1.5" or 3.81 cm Height 1.6 " or 4.06 cm
Kyoto ware, Kiyomuzu yaki
Although this craft dates back to before the Heian period (794-1185), the making of pottery began in earnest when the capital of Heian-kyo (now Kyoto) was founded in 794. Since that time Kyoto has been the home to many famous potters and the birthplace of many fine pieces of work. Famous potters such as Ninsei and Kenzan were at work in the 17th century and then in the 19th century, the potter Eisen successfully fired porcelain, while such masters as Mokubei, Hozen and Ninami were remarkably active during the same century. Great advances were then made from toward the end of the 19th century with the introduction of various techniques from around the world, when German ceramists were invited to come to Kyoto.
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