This Japanese lacquered kogo of Chinese karaki wood is fashioned as a nut or fruit. I am not sure which, I think it looks like a pistachio, after looking at many images. Bigger, it could be an oval shaped gourd. According to my Japanese friend, quote ‘Karaki is a general term for hard Chinese wood. It is a red sandalwood, an ebony, a Chinese quince, etc. It is very popular wood’. It is a very very pretty piece and color. It is well carved. There are no exposed areas or flaws of the lacquer.
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 and many people have large collections of them, they make a great collector's item. This is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips, there may be some surface wear and some wear around the edges of the leaves but we do not see any, it is only about 20-30 years old.
Please see the pictures and ask any questions. We are non-house smokers and do not smoke around our wares and our very careful with them to have clean hands and in the packing. We have noticed smells from items received recently, again please let us know if you have any questions. This one has no smells, this is from a well- known and honest, quality antique dealer. Please see our large collection of kogos from Japan of different makers, famous artists, ages, motif, size and colour.
SIZE: Width 3.1 inches or 8 cm, Length 2.0 inches or 5 cm, Height 2.0 inches or 5.2cm, Weight 3.17 oz or 90g
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