This Japanese contemporary porcelain kogo of a poodle is made by the Tankōsha Company. It is absolutely adorable. The very white porcelain is very fine, it has some very serious hand work that went into this, by a very skilled artist. It is about 30 years old. I wish I had room to show all the little balls that make up its tail close up- notice the underglaze eyes and the amount of detail that went into making this wonderful piece, of a Poodle-Inu. It is fine. Inu is the Japanese word for dog. A kogo is used for holding incense and historically most often for the tea ceremony, at the temple, and for the small worship area in the home. The kogo are also wonderful items of character to decorate with, in addition to placing small items in around the house. We consider this kogo as an extra special piece because it is made by the company that is the publishing and utensil producing wing of the Urasenke Way of Tea.
Thanks to some very nice people helping us, we learned that the double gingko leaf mark on the bottom is the mark of this company. This is new to me and very exciting so I hope I explain it correctly, the Urasenke Way of Tea is the company that does the educational portion of training those who will perform the tea ceremonies and teaches about this way of life as part of everyday life, then, it is so much more. I searched and searched their store page and finally their facebook page, and it is a big bookstore and arts and crafts store as well. Of course, they also have items such as the kogo for the tea ceremony, even many wonderful obidome, and they are all handmade as well. As a vintage item from the Tankōsha Company, this is a fortunate and well priced find there was only one kogo of all the items. Please see below and the detailed information on their website. We have added their website to our 'Favorites' links on our homepage of course, as it is quite detailed, and they have many many educational materials regarding the Japanese tea ceremony and the 'Way of Tea'. We have shared part of their introduction to their company below.
This is a very wonderful, special and beautiful Japanese porcelain kogo, and most likely not something one will find everyday. It is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips and very little surface wear.
SIZE: Height 2.6 inches or cm, Width 2.4 inches or cm, Length 1.6 inches or cm
Excerpts from the Urasenke Konnichian Website, please see the link to their website for the complete and wonderful information
Chado, the 'Way of Tea,' is basically concerned with activities that are a part of everyday life, yet to master these requires great cultivation. In this sense, this tradition is well described as the Art of Living. Having been nurtured on Japanese soil, it represents the quintessence of Japanese aesthetics and culture; but, over and beyond this, people far and wide have discovered that life is beautified by this Way — by the spirit that guides its practice, as well as by the objects which express that spirit and are an integral part of its practice. Chado, also known as chanoyu and commonly referred to as the Japanese Tea Ceremony in English, is a spiritual and aesthetic discipline for refinement of the self — known in Japanese as a 'do,' a 'way'. The word 'chado' means 'the way of tea.' Urasenke has long been active in promoting worldwide understanding and appreciation of chado, so that the spirit of this 'way,' symbolized by its ideals of Harmony, Respect, Purity, and Tranquility, can help bring true peace to all people. SEN Genshitsu, who spearheaded this work, summed it up in the words, 'Peacefulness through a Bowl of Tea.'
We added both the Urasenke Konnichian Website as well as the Tankōsha Company to our Favorites Links on our homepage, Urasenke Konnichian is in English as well so easy to find on the internet, and the Tankōsha site can be translated using your browser translator. We have many more kogo, it is easiest to find them by just searching by the word 'kogo' in the search boxes on any page as they are scattered about the categories.
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