This Japanese Vintage Temple Altar Fitting Egōro 柄香炉 Censer or Incense Burner was made in the early to mid 20th century. Censers and Incense Burner are all simply called koro 香炉 in Japanese. It is the type known as Egōro 柄香炉 made of brass with a single handle to carry it by. This one has a screen on the inside where the incense balls are laid and openings on the lid of the incense burner where the smoke escapes through. It is very unusual made in several pieces and great detail which all fits together well. The brass is very pretty and may have some minor age surface wear. With the handle, these are ideal for carrying around to purify the temple or home. It is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips and has very light age appropriate patina. I have not yet confirmed if brass or bronze the seller said brass I think it looks bronze. A very unusual temple altar fitting incense burner we do not often get a chance to collect and a very collectable item.
SIZE: Lenght 5.90 inches or 15 cm, Handle Width 1.89 inches or 4.8 cm, Burner body diameter approximately 2 3/4 inches, Weight: 166 grams or about 1/2 lb.
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Censer or Koro, Incense Burner 香炉
A censer, incense burner or perfume burner is a vessel made for burning incense or perfume in some solid form. These vessels vary greatly in size, form, and material of construction, and have been in use since ancient times in many cultures, in both secular and religious contexts. They may consist of simple earthenware bowls or fire pots to intricately carved silver or gold vessels, small table top objects a few centimeters tall to as many as several meters high. Koro Japanese: 香炉, kōro is a Japanese censer often used in Japanese tea ceremonies.
Examples are usually of globular form with three feet, made in pottery, Imari porcelain,Kutani ware, Kakiemon, Satsuma, enamel or bronze. In Japan a similar censer called a egōro 柄香炉? is used by several Buddhist sects. The egōro is usually made of brass with a long handle and no chain. Instead of charcoal, makkō powder is poured into a depression made in a bed of ash. The makkō is lit and the incense mixture is burned on top. This method is known as Sonae-kō or Religious Burning. Incense burning is used in religions of all types including Buddhism and Christian use.
Above from Wiki.
The burning of incense takes place both in the home and in the temple and serves as an offering to the Buddha or various deities. It is also an important ritual act that is believed to clear the air of evil spirits. Buddhist incense burners take a variety of forms and are created from many different materials, depending on the region. Most are open vessels, like a deep bowl, with a handle on each side. These large incense containers are typically made of a metal such as bronze or copper and decorated with gilding or enamel details. In China, in particular, many are made of ceramic, a form based on ancient censers used in burial rituals.
Closed censers with smoke holes in the upper section are also common in East Asia. In Korea, they appear in the form of birds, animals, and mythical creatures, with the incense smoke issued from the creatures' mouths. Another common type of incense burner is a ceramic rectangular block with several holes at the top for sticks of incense. This is often decorated with Buddhist symbols like lotuses or lions.
Around 500 AD in China, Korea, and Japan, small closed censers with a single long handle began to be used. These portable incense burners were filled with incense and carried to the altar where they were placed.
Source - Meher McArthur, Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols. Thames & Hudson, 2004, page 151.
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