This Japanese antique Hirado porcelain kogo or small box is made in the beautiful motif of a Swan,about 150 years ago. It dates to the early Meiji period of the 19th century of 1868-1912. It is beautiful. I have not seen a Hirado kogo or a swam as a kogo before. A kogo is a small Japanese case most often used to hold rolled incense balls in the tea ceremony and also used in other traditional ceremonies and places. They make wonderful decorative objects for the home and boxes to hold small items in. Including us, we gave them all over the place and they are great pieces of art pottery. This os a lovely piece handmade of fine white Hirado porcelain and hand painted in underglaze blue with much detail. He is old. As a consequence, he has age wear in between where the two places meet as well as a glaze crack from the kiln which has become darker with age but it is not a damage crack or through and through and is rated as 'not a problem' b judges in Japan. As a philosophy, it may speak to this type wear becoming part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.This aesthetic of existence has been known in Japan as 'mono no aware', or a compassionate sensitivity. So some may see this as a reference product, while some may not. I just think its fine. The outer side is in excellent condition the colors beautiful and glaze fine. A beautiful authentic old Hirado swan kogo and a rare old piece.
SIZE: Width 2.2 inches or 5.58 cm, Length 1.2 inches or 3.04 cm, Height 1.6 inches or 4.06 cm
About Hirado 平戸 Ware
The origins of Hirado ware it's also called Mikawachi ware date back to the building of a kiln by Korean potters that were brought back to this area of Kyushu by landowners who had taken part in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's campaign to the Korean Peninsular at the end of the 16th century. The kiln here was used to fire porcelain for the Hirado clan up to the Meiji Restoration in 1868. As well as running the kiln, the Hirado clan was responsible for finding porcelain clay at nearby Amakusa and for the rapid development of skills and techniques, which are till alive today, now operating under the Arita ware family. This ware is characterized by its over painting of cobalt on a white porcelain. Ever since the kiln was first fired, pieces were sent as tributes to both the court and warrior families and as a consequence, this china is of the highest quality, whether it be for everyday use or a special decorative item. The degree of care to produce items of such beauty and the delicacy of the work are part of its well-established reputation.
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