This Japanese vintage Kyoto Ware porcelain Raku kogo of Raku-Green Glaze Eiraku 永楽 Made. A kogo is an item made for holding incense most often for the tea ceremony. Kogo are also wonderful items of character to decorate with, in addition to placing small items in around the house. my favorite being jewelry. This Raku kogo is made in the artist creative and unusual rendition of the Hōju 宝珠 or Wish Granting Jewel and Holy Jewel. This is a lovely unusual kogo, hand formed and tooled by an Eiraku artist of Raku dating to about mid-century. It is hand glazed in lovely Raku green, the less seen and no less gorgeous deep green glaze of all shades including turning to black in the crevices of this handmade pottery kogo. The thicker the glaze, the darker it becomes, and as discussed below in the article on Raku from Wiki. I do not know the artist, it is signed with the well-known mark of Eiraku on the bottom. I don't know about you, but I could certainly use a wish or two be granted. This Raku piece of Hōju is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips, it does have some crazing around the rim of the top and borrom where they meet, the most common place for age wear on kogo.. It most likely has aged related surface wear from being held and rubbed many times, as there is some age wear around the tooled lines encircling the top before the rounded top of the jewel, ornament as a kogo.
SIZE: Approximately: Diameter 2 3/4 inches or 6.95 cm, Height 1 1/2 or 3.81 cm. For the exact measrement please inquire for a recheck of my pad I misplaced but this is close as I recall.
Nowadays, Raku Ware is made by many kilns in Japan, and even other countries now. Following is some history which still applies to Eiraku no matter where made. While this is not made or from the actual original Raku family kiln which are very highly valued, it is nice;y made kogo and holds the warm feeling that Raku ware brings. Raku is a type of Japanese pottery that is made using a special process known as the Raku firing process. In this process, the piece is hand-molded instead of being turned on a potter's wheel and is fired at a low temperature. The piece is usually left in the kiln and sometimes afterwards thrown into a container with combustible materials such as sawdust or newspaper, which leaves a unique design on each piece. The piece is then dipped in water and left to cool.
Raku is a type of Japanese pottery that is made using a special process known as the Raku firing process. In this process, the piece is hand-molded instead of being turned on a potter's wheel and is fired at a low temperature. The piece is usually left in the kiln and sometime afterwards thrown into a container with combustible materials such as sawdust or newspaper, which leaves a unique design on each piece. The piece is then dipped in water and left to cool.
Hōju 宝珠 or Wish Granting Jewel
This Hōju 宝珠, rather; according to the Objects, Symbols and Weapon page of the dictionary of the Japanese Buddhist Statuary; is a jewel that grants wishes and brings wealth. It is often depicted as a single orb with a pointed top, or as a set of three jewels, sometimes with a flame nimbus. Further according to them, this grouping of three probably represents the Three Jewels Sanbō 三宝 of Buddhism, which are Buddha, the Dharma Buddhist law, and the Sangha community of Buddhist believers. Further, the jewel appears in a wide range of artistic forms, such as a temple-roof ornament, as an object held by Buddhist deities or atop the weapons their carry, and as a sacred symbol in mandala paintings. Many deities are commonly shown holding the Hōju. The wish-granting jewel has also served historically as one of Buddhism’s most important repositories of Buddhist relics, For the rest of this information, please see the link to this page in our 'Favorites' links on our homepage. It is often depicted as a single orb with a pointed top, or as a set of three jewels, sometimes with a flame nimbus.
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