A one of a kind maker of a Japanese Banshozan- Gama pottery kogo to our store. This piece is from the Banshozen Pottery kiln in Izumo. A beautiful pottery kogo is hand formed with a crane modeled on the top and flying above the ocean waves. 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 make wonderful decorative items and small boxes for storing other small items. The artist name is Zuiun Hino, and he is very famous artist in Japan. A creative humble piece with nice design and textures, it appears to be glazed on the top portion and unglazed on the portions that are "carved" out.. The potter has marked It on the bottom, as well as the box which is the original box and important for this item. There are small spots which are natural occurring during the kiln and firing process and there are no chips or cracks. The kogo is about 30 years old. We continue to add wares when we can, our goal to have something from as many different kilns as possible.
SIZE : Diameter 2.2" or 5.58 cm, Height 1.2" or 3.04 cm, Weight 70 grams + Signed box 30 grams Total 100 grams or 0.22 of a pound
History of Banshozen Pottery and Kiln
Izumo is a city in the Shimane Prefecture, along the southwest sea coast. This is an area that has been prosperous area of pottery items for tea ceremony for many years. IT is also home to one of the oldest Shinto Shrines in Japan, Izumo Taisha. Banshozan Pottery is mainly used as utensils for tea ceremony. In 1872, the rich soil of the Izumo area was first used to produce Kuruha Pottery,but this later became known as Banshozan Pottery. Some writers have called Banshozen Pottery a Mingea style pottery. The kiln is an excellent example of an old climbing kiln, according to these same writers from the Netherlands. (When I find the link again I will add it).
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