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Porcelain Koro Incense Burner by Ono Hakuko
Please refer to our stock # 1173 when inquiring.
sold, thank you
sold, thank you
Gold shatters like a broken mirror on the body of this superb porcelain incense burner by Ono Hakuko enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Yuri Kinsai Koro. The pattern is created by applying gold foil to the surface before firing, and called in Japanese Kinsai. Gaps in the application create designs like broken ice. This piece is 9 cm (3 inches) diameter, 11 cm (4-1/4 inches) tall and is in excellent condition. For an identical piece see the book Koro Meihinten (Jap. 1984) image 39. A survey of 100 incense burners by 100 individual artists of the modern era. Copies from the book will be included.
From Aichi prefecture, Hakuko was trained by her father initially in the ceramic arts. However she was most strongly influenced by the great experimentive artist Kato Hajime (1901-1968) and his work with gold. This affected her own style deeply, and it can be said that she carried on his research. She was awarded the JCS award in 1980, one of Japans most prestigious ceramics awards. In 1992 she was named an important cultural asset (Juyo mukei bunkazai) of Saga prefecture. Bucking the traditional image here is another of Japans great cultural assets who fought against a system of prejudice to rise to the top and it is an honor to be able to offer something by her. For more on this important modern artist see Touch Fire, contemporary Japanese Ceramics by Women Artists (2009).
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