This Japanese vintage Kyoto Ware censer dates to mid 20th-century portion of the Showa period according to our dealer in Kyoto, although I think it looks older. It has a great old Kyoto ware design and very nicely made I really need better pictures. Of course is it handmade, then hand glazed in a Satsuma style cream color with a hue of light green color and a delicately carved or inscribed design of flowers and leaves. It sits on tripod feet with a nicely carved lid and finial. censer are most often made for the tea ceremony. Kyoto pottery and porcelain made for the tea ceremony are the most prosperous with a history that dates back hundreds of years. There is some discoloring to the top where the incense smoke has come out and I have not tried but believe it can be removed. It is in otherwise great vintage condition with no cracks or chips. It is signed and comes with a signed tomobako. Just realized we don't have a picture of the bottom, will see what we can do about that. The seller told me he did not know who the artist was. A very nice, simple but beautiful censer.
SIZE: Height 4.52" or 11.5 cm, Diameter 3.14" or 8 cm
The Japanese Tea Ceremony
The majority of pottery items produced today are for the tea ceremony in design. The Japanese tea ceremony is called Chanoyu, Sado or simply Ocha in Japanese. It is a ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea.
Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one's attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of tea from one's heart. The host of the ceremony always considers the guests with every movement and gesture. Even the placement of the tea utensils is considered from the guests view point. A chaji is a much more formal gathering, usually including a full-course kaiseki meal followed by confections, thick tea (濃茶 koicha), and thin tea. A chaji can last up to four hours.
The Japanese tea ceremony is also called the Way of Tea. The manner in which it is performed, or the art of its performance, is called otemae (お手前; お点前?). Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the tea ceremony.
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