This Japanese vintage Kyoto Ware kogo or case is made in the beautiful traditional and popular Ninsei style by Famous Eichi Shozan 正山 Kato. It is handmade and hand formed, or hand painted by very famous Eichi Kato, whose potter name is Shozan Kato written正山. He comes from a long line of potters in his family from Kyoto. He is most known for his work with Mino ware and Seto yaki. A kogo is a box most often used for placing incense in at the tea ceremony. The traditional method is to hand roll the incense balls and place them in the kogo. Kogo also make wonderful decorative items and small boxes for storing other small items in and make great gifts. This is a very beautiful Kogo painted in a cream color with a fan, flowers and branches in red, green black and white outlined in gold. It is about 30 years old. It comes with the original signed box or tomobako made especially for the item, which is very important to its meaning and value. This kogo has no cracks or chips although there is a little crazing which is natural to this style pottery such as Satusuma. It has a small stain bottom center, which is probably from the oils of the incense for which it was previously used.
SIZE : Width and Length 2.1” or 5.33 cms; Height 1.5” or 3.81 cms
正山 Shozan Eichi Kato fashioned this kogo after the style of work of a historically great potter , whose name was Ninsei- Utsushi. He was a potter during the 17th century, also called Nonomura Ninsei. The work of Ninsei has inspired many great works of art since that time. As I was told by a friend in Japan, usually only the most skilled potters will take on this task in their art. Additionally, Ninsei Nonomura is considered the father of Kyo-yaki or Kyoto Ware, therefore his great following over the years. Ninsei was active in the mid-17th century but he still has a major influence on the way Kyo-yaki is made today. See more history in Robert Yellin's article called Ninsei at the Nezu written for the Japan Times -March 10, 2004; found on his eyakimono website, the link can be found under our Favorites Links on our Home Page.
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