An irresistible addition to our kogo collection, meeting the criteria of adding yet another wonderful face to our Japanese family, and by a known potter. From a collector and small dealer in Osaka-shi, Osaka, Japan. 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. This would make a lovely addition in a childs room or as a collectors piece for anyone who loves collecting cows or kogos or bright colored things.
This is a well made folk art style kogo of a working cow in many bright and colorful pieces painted on hand made clay of red, yellow, blue and even with some gold speckles; wearing a hat and carrying his load of bags. It is made much like a pottery doll and very unusual. It has a metal inside so that whatever is put in it is protected, or does not seep into the pottery. This piece is relatively new and about 20 years old. It is in excellent clean undamaged condition. This is made by a potter who is famous in Japan named Tokio Onishi. Most importantly it comes with the original signed tomobako and cleaning cloth for the item. The box is signed by the artist. I have found a potter of the Onishi family name that meets timing and work criteria with a different given name so it may be the same or related, of interest from Tokyo. It is often difficult as mentioned on some of our other pieces to match these potters up by name and find via google n the US especially when they change their given to potter names.
SIZE: Width 3.3" or 8.3cm, Depth 2.0" or 5.2cm and Height 2.6"or 6.6cm