This Japanese vintage Arita Nabeshima 鍋島 porcelain koro or incense burner is made in the fashion of a Ryu- or a Dragon. He has great character and is greatly made. The high quality or high class of Japanese Nabeshima white 'jiki; porcelain is evident. His head tilted back and mouth open as if in a roar, his hair flaring back. His head comes off and is the lid. The body is decorated with scrolling designs on either side. The front chest is fashioned to show its scaled skin. His spine scales roll down and up into a tail. He is well made. Please note this is not a small or your average incense burner.
It is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips. It is about 30 years old. Please see the pictures and ask any questions. This is a purchase from a well- known and honest antique dealer in Japan.
Size: Height 6.1 inches or 15.5cm, Width 5.9inches or 15.0cm, Depth 5.5 inches or 14.0cm
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a Short History of Nabeshima 鍋島
Still one of the most famous porcelains of Japan, Nabeshima is a supreme porcelain ware manufactured at Nabeshima feudal kiln, the Saga prefecture of today, under strict supervision during the Edo period. It is considered that the birth of Nabeshima porcelain had aimed to stabilize the relationship with the Tokugawa Shogun family and other influences by presenting them as homage instead of popular and valuable Chinese porcelain.
Nabeshima ware continues to be made to this day and is usually grouped under Arita. There are different kilns that make Nabeshima. Historically most of Nabeshima porcelain made between the Enpou era of 1673-1681 and around 1750 have been colored with four colors; red, blue, green, yellow, and the designs were adopted from plants or patterns on kimonos. The elaborate, striking, and original expressions found on these wares make it seem impossible that they were made three hundred years ago. They possess a beauty which can be shared today.
From the mid-17th century, onward many of these opulent and often highly ornamental pieces were shipped abroad from the port of Imari, resulting in all pieces crafted in and around the area i.e. Arita and Nabeshima being grouped together under the Imari label.
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